Ku Li tells Umno leaders holding government positions to quit now.
The Umno General Assembly 2020 today agreed to give the party president and supreme council the mandate to determine when the party should withdraw its support for Perikatan Nasional (PN).
This decision was reached during the winding-up speech of Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who had asked the delegates to decide on the matter at the end of the assembly held over the weekend at the World Trade Centre.
Umno permanent chairman Tan Sri Badruddin Amiruldin then asked the delegates whether they agreed or disagreed with the proposition before a resounding ‘yes’ was heard from the floor.
“The delegates have given me the mandate to withdraw at any time if they (PN) do not indicate willingness to call for elections soon,” Zahid said.
“If this happens, then the supreme council, especially those as ministers and deputy ministers and members of parliament will adhere 100 percent to the directive to withdraw,” he added.
Umno’s official decision to end its political cooperation with Bersatu for the 15th general election meant the party is no longer divided on the matter, Zahid said to the press.
“There shouldn’t be any claims or rumours out there that Umno is at a crossroads. Umno is not at a crossroads. The decision made by the general assembly has been very clear,’’ he said.
Zahid said the party was considering whether to immediately withdraw support for PN 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.
In his winding-up speech, Umno deputy president Mohamad Hasan said the party must leave the government after emergency.
“We must not hesitate any more and leave together when August comes,” he said.
He said the party must not hesitate if Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin does not want to dissolve Parliament after the Emergency Order ends on August 1.
The Ranau assemblyman said Umno is the biggest party in the country and should always lead any coalition.
“Umno is like an elephant. It is big and should not play second fiddle to anyone.
“We are open to working with anyone who is not against the Malay agenda and can accept that Umno will be the lead party. Otherwise, we should not work with them,” said Mohamad.
Meanwhile, Umno advisory board chairman Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah has called on Umno leaders holding ministerial and deputy ministerial positions to immediately quit. He said those appointed to chairman positions in government-linked companies (GLCs) must also do the same.
“They should vacate their posts based on the party’s decision. Although it has not been debated, you have heard the response (from the delegates) to the president’s speech (policy speech by Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi) earlier.
“He (Zahid) had reiterated that it was the Supreme Council’s decision to cut ties with Bersatu. This means all Umno members who are ministers, deputy ministers and chairmen of GLCs must quit, if possible, today,” said Tengku Razaleigh, better known as Ku Li.
He also said should any Umno leaders refuse to vacate their positions, it meant that they were no longer with the party.