Ministers and deputy ministers from Umno who do not resign from the government will be seen as cowards who are disloyal, Padang Rengas MP Nazri Aziz says.
Nazri was commenting on PPBM Supreme Council member Rosol Wahid’s challenge to ministers and deputies from Umno to resign unconditionally rather than threaten to withdraw support for the Perikatan Nasional-led government.
“I fully support Rosol’s call. Why say that you will resign (only) if you are asked to? Just resign, it’s not difficult.”
With Umno’s general assembly resolution to end ties with Bersatu, Nazri said the leaders in the Cabinet must put the interests of the party and grassroots above themselves.
The former minister added that any hesitation in doing so would invite suspicion.
In a Utusan Malaysia report published today, Rosol dared Umno to withdraw its support for PN if that was the party’s intention and to stop threatening Bersatu or making demands of it.
He told Umno to listen to its own deputy president, Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan, who said it was no longer time for theatrics but decisive action.
On Sunday, Umno formalised its decision to end its political cooperation with Bersatu for the 15th general election but would allow its leaders to continue serving in Prime Minister Muhyiddin’s Cabinet.
Umno president Datu Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the motion was unanimously accepted at his party’s assembly on Sunday.
Zahid also said the party was considering another ultimatum, which is to immediately withdraw support for Perikatan Nasional the moment the Emergency is lifted on August 1 or earlier but added that this will be discussed at length in the next supreme council meeting.
Previously, Umno veteran Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah asked party leaders holding posts like ministers, deputy ministers and chairmen of government-linked companies to resign from their posts.
Some, including Shamsul Anuar Nasarah, Khairy Jamaluddin and Hishammuddin Hussein, have said they would resign from their ministerial posts if the party instructs them to do so.