Umno’s Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz today appeared to pooh-pooh the impact of his president’s declaration that the country’s biggest party is withdrawing support for the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government under Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
Nazri said there are at least 32 Umno MPs who are still supporting the PN government but believes more may hop on after party president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s announcement, Sinar Harian reported.
Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz was also reported by Sinar Harian insisting that at least 32 Umno MPs are backing Muhyiddin’s government and dared his party to sack them all for not toeing the party line.
“As far as I know, a total of 32 Umno MPs who follow the decision of the 2020 Umno General Assembly, which is to support the PN government until the dissolution of Parliament, is strong… It may even increase to 35 people,” the Padang Rengas MP was quoted as saying.
Umno has 38 MPs in the Dewan Rakyat currently.
Nazri added that some of the Umno MPs may even change their minds after their party’s supreme council meeting last night.
Umno sources told reporters that the meeting had been fraught and that there were members who disagreed with Ahmad Zahid, mostly those who were in the PN Cabinet. However, Malay Mail understands that they do not make up the majority of the Umno supreme council.
Nazri was reported saying that the Umno MPs who are likely to remain firm in withdrawing support for the Muhyiddin government may be limited to Zahid who is Bagan Datuk MP, Pekan MP Datuk Seri Najib Razak, Pontian MP Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan, Machang MP Datuk Ahmad Jazlan Yaakub, and Gua Musang MP Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah.
But he reportedly said it was “useless” to divulge the number of Umno MPs who back the PN government now.
“We will prove our support for the PN government in the next parliamentary session,” he was quoted as saying.
He also dared the Umno supreme council to sack all 32 of its MPs “because we will definitely go all out about the decision”.
Nazri claimed Ahmad Zahid had an ulterior motive in making last night’s announcement on behalf of the Umno supreme council.
According to Nazri, Ahmad Zahid wanted to be deputy prime minister and was not satisfied that his vice-president Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob was given the role.