Umno has officially withdrawn support for the Perikatan Nasional-led government.
Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi also called for Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin to step down.
Zahid made the announcement after a Supreme Council meeting, which lasted over four hours, at the party’s headquarters.
A source in the know said 46 Umno leaders were eligible to vote on the matter with 35 voicing support for the plan to withdraw support for Muhyiddin without conditions.
“One leader abstained from voting, another reserved his right to decide now, while eight others backed the move on the condition that Umno will not work with (PKR president) Anwar Ibrahim or DAP.
“Only one person, a deputy minister who is vocal against Zahid, objected to the plan to withdraw support for Muhyiddin.”
The source said the Supreme Council had resolved that MPs can continue to support PN until Parliament reconvenes.
“We want Muhyiddin to resign and for Parliament to choose a new prime minister.”
Source : FMT
Tempers began to fray at tonight’s Umno supreme council meeting with much flak directed at president Datuk Ahmad Zahid Hamidi who is trying to pull the party from supporting the ruling Perikatan Nasional (PN) coalition.
Several sources who are in the know of what happened told Malay Mail that Zahid is digging in his heels to withdraw support for PN, leaving him in an even more precarious position than before the meeting started.
“Some Umno leaders urged the president to see reason in maintaining a stable government, at least for the time being, while the government tries to contain Covid-19 and restart the economy,” one source said on condition of anonymity.
Another source disclosed that the chief critic leading the charge against Zahid is his vice-president Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob who was newly announced as the deputy prime minister.
he second source said Ismail’s faction has the support of many Umno ministers. They are demanding Zahid stand down.
“Ismail firmly and sternly told Zahid that many are weary of his political stand to withdraw Umno’s support from PN and want him to stop,” said the source.
A third source said Zahid is not without supporters in the supreme council. They are adamant that Umno must hold the prime minister’s seat, currently occupied by Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin from Bersatu.
“The Zahid camp is convinced that Umno should be given the front seat in the administration as the people felt that the current government has failed,” said the third source.
The Umno supreme council comprises 46 members. Most of them do not hold Cabinet positions in the Muhyiddin administration. Only 15 are MPs.