Umno info chief urges calm and unity after Tajuddin’s claim of party MPs backing Anwar

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Shahril urged the party to remain calm and united so that their opponents wouldn’t use this as an opportunity to attack them.

Umno information chief Shahril Sufian Hamdan reminded members that the party has a great chance of victory in the 15th General Election and therefore should not be affected over the claim by Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman that top leaders of the party had declared support for Anwar Ibrahim during a meeting in 2021.

The party information chief urged the party to remain calm and united so that their opponents wouldn’t use this as an opportunity to attack them.

“Of course, the ones happiest to hear the allegations are the Opposition. All these allegations become bullets to continue attacking Umno.

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“They will ask, ‘how is Umno going to sell stability if Umno itself is not united?’”, said Shahril.

Shahril then told his fellow party members that past stories shouldn’t be exaggerated and pointed out that just because some top leaders were in the meeting, did not mean they support Anwar.

“The president himself knows better and has long known about this so let him judge,” he added.

On issues of party disunity, he said Umno has agreed that current Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob will continue to represent Umno in GE15.

Furthermore, he said that Zahid had won his presidency through party election, so his rights should be respected.

On June 27, ex-supreme council member Taijuddin said that 15 of the party’s top leaders had signed a statutory declaration (SD) to support Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim as prime minister in 2021.

“I’m a living witness. I didn’t want to sign at first, but I was urged to. After that, they kept saying ’No DAP, No Anwar’. Those are all lies. They were lying to the public and especially Umno members. I’m basically being sympathetic towards Umno members that did not know what was happening behind the curtain.

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“We had to respect the president, right? We could not reject the president,” he told reporters at Eastin Hotel yesterday.

He alleged that the list of the 15 MPs who had signed the SDs in the at Tamu Hotel in Kampung Baru here included Zahid, Pekan MP Datuk Seri Najib Razak, and Padang Rengas MP Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz.

He also claimed that Umno’s deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan had chaired a meeting to remove Umno’s president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi despite the plan being scrapped later.

He listed the attendees as Najib, Barisan Nasional secretary-general Datuk Seri Zambry Abdul Kadir, Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin, and Umno Youth chief Datuk Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki.

“So why didn’t it happen? Because Tok Mat and Bossku were betrayed. So, it didn’t happen,” he said, using Mohamad and Najib’s monikers, and added that Zahid loyalists had confronted the two over the matter.

Tajuddin said 130 out of the 191 Umno division leaders, including 18 from Perak and 17 from Selangor, had signed the memorandum to topple Zahid.

Tajuddin was sacked for being too critical of the party last week.