Recently, Umno Supreme council member Datuk Mohd Puad Zarkashi has rejected claims that 35 of his party’s lawmakers would refuse to comply with the party’s decision to pull support from the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government.
In a report by Sinar Harian, Puad said, “I am sure the claims are inaccurate and are just propaganda.”
According to Puad, some Umno MPs were in support of rejecting the party’s resolution because they believed that Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein is set to be appointed the next Deputy Prime Minister.
He added that there were also Umno MPS who had to sign a statutory declaration (SD) in support of Hishammuddin purely because they rejected cooperation with DAP.
Commenting further on Umno’s move after the party finalizes the withdrawal of support from PN government, Puad replied, “wait for (the decision) of MKT.”
Meanwhile, Umno Supreme council member Datuk Khaidhirah Abu Zahar confirmed that she had a meeting with Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and secretary general Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan last Thursday.
Khaidhirah denied that she was instructed to sign any document in support of Umno decisions to leave PN government before August 1.
She said, “what is for sure is, my meeting with the Umno President was only a pre-council meeting, with me being given the opportunity to give a personal view on what is happening in the party.”
“For me, the meeting was positive because the Umno President gave us space to express our views and he himself also presented his views on the future direction of the party.”