Rembau Member of Parliament Khairy Jamaluddin has denied expressing his support for opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to become prime minister.
He said the allegation that he was in support of the Port Dickson MP was made based on a letter posted on social media today.
“If the letter is true, I want to categorically state that my party president does not speak for me. I am not supporting Anwar Ibrahim to become PM.
“I hope other Umno MPs will make their positions clear. Let’s see then who has the numbers,” he wrote on his Intagram page today.
Khairy was one of the earliest Umno leaders to deny that he had expressed support for Anwar as prime minister while questioning the authenticity of the letter, which has not been verified by Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
Earlier today, a letter bearing what looks like Umno’s letterhead and allegedly written by Ahmad Zahid addressed to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, has been making its rounds on social media.
The letter dated Oct 11 stated that Umno Dewan Rakyat members supported Anwar as the ninth prime ministerial candidate.
Source : NST
‘No Anwar, no DAP’, Hishammuddin says after viral letter claims Umno backs PKR chief for PM
Umno’s Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein today said he does not support Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as a prime ministerial candidate.
The Sembrong MP’s vehement proclamation came after a viral letter purportedly claiming Umno is fully backing the PKR president to be the next PM replacing Bersatu’s Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
“As @DrZahidHamidi said before, he cannot stop MPs from supporting Anwar. But if the letter is true, I was NOT consulted, and this is NOT my position as an UMNO MP.
The letter has been circulating on social media and is addressed to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
It claimed Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamid and all the party’s MPs fully support Anwar to be the next prime minister.
Umno executive secretary Datuk Mohd Sumali Reduan had since denial that the party issued such a letter, claiming it was done to besmirch the reputation of the party and its president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
Anwar who leads the Pakatan Harapan coalition has in recent weeks claimed to command the support of over 120 MPs in the 222-member Dewan Rakyat — enough to oust Muhyiddin and lead to a government change.
Anwar was also granted an audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong last Tuesday.
However the palace has since said the King did not receive a name list of the MPs supporting Anwar, resulting in continued political speculation.
The Dewan Rakyat is scheduled to reconvene on November 2 with many anticipating a no-confidence motion taken up then against Muhyiddin.
Source : Malay Mail