Zahid: Umno Yet to Receive Invite for Royal Audience

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Umno’s political bureau will be meeting tonight, but the issue of whether the party would be backing PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to form a new government is not on the meeting agenda tonight, its president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said today.

Asked about the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s planned meeting with the leaders of all political parties, Zahid said he is still awaiting official confirmation.

“I am still waiting for an official letter from Istana Negara, if it is true that party presidents will be decreed to have an audience,” he told reporters when met at the Kuala Lumpur court complex after his ongoing corruption trial.

Asked regarding Anwar’s claim to have more than 120 MPs’ support, Zahid said he does not have any info on this matter: “I don’t know because all the details may have been with him and presented to His Majesty.”

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When asked further if there are possibly Umno MPs among the 120 MPs said to back Anwar, Zahid further said: “I don’t know. I was not informed.”

Asked if Umno as a party supports Anwar, Zahid merely replied that he respects the invitation by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to party presidents, “And we will scrutinise all information obtained as a result of party presidents after having an audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.”

Pressed on if this meant that Zahid would inform the Agong of Umno’s stance on whether it supports Anwar, Zahid said: “Umno’s decision is based on decision-making process. This is basically not my decision alone, it is party’s decision. Then I have to respect the party decision.”

He also said he was unaware that his own party’s MP Tan Sri Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah was meeting the Yang di-Pertuan Agong today.

Zahid claimed to have no knowledge of such a meeting this afternoon involving Tengku Razaleigh, apart from news reports.


When asked if Tengku Razaleigh had informed him that he would be meeting with the Agong, Zahid replied: “Don’t have, I got to know about it from the media.”

Pressed on whether Tengku Razaleigh was representing Umno or meeting the Agong in his individual capacity, Zahid appeared to sidestep the question by saying: “He did not inform me, how do I know, I only knew it from the media.”

Zahid also did not commit when asked if his recent statement — on Umno MPs being free to act on their own capacity to support PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to form a new government — still stands.