Zahid slams minister “for stabbing Umno in the back”

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Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi will draw up the party’s plan to exit from the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government following the decision to sever ties with Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu).

Zahid, in his winding-up speech to close the 2020 Umno annual general assembly today, said the delegates had mandated the decision to be made by the party’s president and supreme council.

The motion to sever ties with Bersatu was submitted by the Umno’s 189 party divisions nationwide after months of expressing dissatisfaction over several controversies including seat allocation for the next general election.

Among those who had openly criticised Bersatu were Zahid, his deputy Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan and Umno advisory council chairman Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, prior to the divisions’ filing of the motion to part ways.

“If we agree with the proposal for the delegates to let the party president and the supreme council set the timeline of Umno’s exit from the PN government, please stand up.”

The delegates responded by standing up and raising their hands, while Umno permanent chairman Tan Sri Badruddin Amiruldin asked those who attended the assembly virtually of their stance.

As of now, there are nine Umno members of parliament who had been appointed as ministers in Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s government, which was formed early last year.

Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, who is also one of the senior ministers in the PN government, was seen standing up in support of the call.

“I am confident, our friends, who are ministers (in Muhyiddin’s government), deputy ministers, chairmen of government-linked companies will extend their 100 percent support for Umno to pull out from the PN government.

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“Which means, (when the decision to pull out from the PN government is implemented), they (government office bearers from Umno) will not hesitate to relinquish their posts in adhering to the party’s decision,” Zahid said.

He also warned those who planned to defy the decision and said it would be akin to stabbing the party in the back, with an apparent jab against veteran party member and Ketereh MP Tan Sri Annuar Musa.

“If there are those who are already too comfortable in air-conditioned offices and plush chairs, they must remember that they are there because of the party.

“This includes a minister who is not on this stage but stabbing the party from behind. If he is a man, he should resign as a minister.”

Annuar is federal territories minister who had been in favour of the Umno-Bersatu nexus.

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“This (person) is a pest. He will not be appointed to the ministry if it was not because of Umno. They must realise that they would not be there without the support of party grassroots,” Zahid said.