Meeting Against Umno’s Principles, Hisham Has No Authority to Call BN MPs to Attend

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Hishammuddin Hussein has no authority to call Barisan Nasional MPs to a meeting with PKR lawmakers, Umno’s Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz said.

The former BN secretary-general questioned why a such a meeting could not have been held in Parliament, instead of meeting secretly as PKR deputy president Azmin Ali’s residence last night.

“If it was about Hishammuddin and Azmin wanting to join forces, it’s the party that has to decide on this. He (Hishammuddin) is no longer a leader in the party.

“What position does he have to call BN MPs to meet Azmin,” Nazri, who is Padang Rengas MP, told The Malaysian Insight.

Hishammuddin was formerly an Umno vice-president. The Sembrong MP, like Nazri, currently does not hold any position in Umno or BN.

Hishammuddin earlier today said he was not the organiser of the meeting, and insisted he had nothing to hide if questioned by the Umno disciplinary board.

Meanwhile, Umno supreme council member Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman said the meeting was against the party’s stand.

Tajuddin, who is Pasir Salak MP, said the party had decided that only Umno president was given the mandate to attend meetings or discussions with anyone outside the party.

“It is not right for Umno MPs to go to Azmin’s house without informing the party’s president or its leadership.

“If what was discussed during the meeting involved party affairs; be it Umno or other parties, it is not right and contradicts the party (principles),” he said in Parliament today.

Asked whether action should be taken against them, Tajuddin replied: “It depends on the seriousness of the matter. If it’s not that serious, maybe a warning (to them).

“Don’t do it again and follow the party’s stand,” he said.

He said public sentiment is with the bloc now and called the 22 Umno men who went to their political rival’s house “stupid”.

“Yeah, we are united already, so why must we be so stupid to split the party?

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“Our party now is gaining momentum, the support of the rakyat, and I am sure the rakyat is fed up with PH so this is an opportunity for the Opposition to move forward and try to bring down the government, which is not doing anything for the rakyat,” said Tajuddin.

He claimed the recent Tanjung Piai parliamentary by-election outcome was a “very clear” sign that Malaysians are unhappy with the current administration.

Asked if he was invited to attend the meeting, Tajuddin said he was not because “no one likes him”.

Tajuddin added that his fellow Supreme Council member Lokman Adam has strong grounds to demand that Sembrong MP Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein be referred to the party’s disciplinary committee.

“Let the disciplinary board look into it. If there are any merits for him to be called by the board, any strong reasons for the disciplinary board to look into it, if nothing its nothing. But let the process, the procedure of the party take place. I don’t want to speculate and jump to conclusions,” he said.