As soon as PKR President Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim announced that he had the support of a majority of more than 120 MPs at a press conference on September 23, it was seen to have sparked divisions in UMNO.
A source told Astro Awani, the biggest Malay party is now split in two, with Gua Musang MP Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah opposing a move believed to be driven by Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and former Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
The source added that the movement led by Tengku Razaleigh or Ku Li received support from several influential UMNO leaders such as deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hassan; MP for Sembrong Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein and Rembau MP Khairy Jamaluddin.
“If you try to calculate and look at the amount of support, Ku Li’s movement has greater support among UMNO MPs. At least 24 of the 39 UMNO MPs support him as the prime ministerial candidate.
When we look back at Zahid-Najib’s camp, they have the support of only 15 MPs. Most of them are those who have been charged with criminal offences or are awaiting a verdict,” the source added.
UMNO’s internal political crisis climaxed after Ku Li was seen entering Istana Negara on Tuesday after the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah granted an audience to Anwar.
At the same time, sources informed that the Ku Li movement had much greater support than what Anwar had gained.
“Apart from more than half of UMNO MPs, it is understood that there is also support of some representatives from PAS, DAP, Amanah, GPS, PKR and Pejuang.
“All MPs from Pejuang including its chairman, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was said to support Ku Li,” he said.
Astro AWANI is trying to get an explanation from some UMNO leaders regarding the information.
Source : Astro Awani
Timely for Ku Li to be at forefront as Umno decides future
A consultant on political strategies says it is a good move for the longest-serving MP, Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, to be at the forefront as Umno decides its future.
Syed Arabi Idid said the party veteran, fondly known as Ku Li, will be able to guide leaders and members with his knowledge and experience as Umno faces conflict in the Perikatan Nasional government.
“He can also be the middleman between various factions in the party. The party needs someone with knowledge of politics,” he told FMT.
Syed Arabi said Umno is at the crossroads as it decides if it should be with PN or support Anwar as the prime minister. “It needs a bit of history and experience to move forward. Ku Li has the ability to do that by using his knowledge,” he said.
However, he said he does not know how much leeway the present Umno leadership would give Tengku Razaleigh as he may have different views from them, but “he has the ability of bringing the old charm of Umno back to the party”.
Sivamurugan Pandian of Universiti Sains Malaysia said Tengku Razaleigh was one of the most admired leaders in the 1980s and seen as having the same leadership qualities as Mahathir.
“There were several other strong Umno personalities then like Musa Hitam and Ghafar Baba, apart from Mahathir and Ku Li,” he said.
In 1987, Tengku Razaleigh challenged Mahathir for the Umno presidency and lost. He went on to set up Semangat 46 a year later, but it was dissolved in 1996.
Sivamurugan said Tengku Razaleigh is still the MP as people in Gua Musang, Kelantan, want him to continue representing them. “Now he feels he has a chance to regain support (from the Umno leadership),” he said, after the audience with the King.
He said although Tengku Razaleigh may be pushing for the motion of no-confidence against Muhyiddin, it is up to the sitting prime minister to decide if the motion is to be debated or to advise the King to dissolve Parliament.
“The speaker has said he will prioritise the government bills,” he noted, adding that it is up to Muhyiddin to advise the King if he will have the support of the majority of the 221 MPs when the house votes on Budget 2021, to be tabled on Nov 6.
If the Budget is not approved, Muhyiddin will have no choice but to resign along with his Cabinet ministers, he said.
Source : FMT
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