Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi says Barisan Nasional (BN) will “go solo” in the 15th general election (GE15).
Speaking to delegates at the party’s annual general assembly today, Zahid said this was decided by the BN Supreme Council at a meeting recently.
“I need to stress our stand in facing GE15, we stand by the Umno Supreme Council’s decision: No PPBM, no Anwar, no DAP.
“There have been no discussions with any of these parties, whether formally or informally. We will contest under the BN banner,” he said at the World Trade Centre Kuala Lumpur (WTCKL) here today.
He added that he was unsure when GE15 will be held despite Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s promise that Parliament would be dissolved once the Covid-19 situation stabilises.
“It might be 2023 because they (the Perikatan Nasional-led government) have enough MPs,” he said, before taking a pause in his speech.
“We must do something,” he said, drawing cheers from the delegates. “I leave it to you (the representatives) to make a decision. This is the place to make the decision.”
He also said any party decision was not his own but the collective verdict of the Umno Supreme Council, dismissing claims that he had the power to veto or overrule the council’s decision.
He also reminded PAS that its alliance under Muafakat Nasional (MN) was yet to “fully bloom”, telling the Islamist party to continue what they had jointly started under its political pact.
“We agreed that any party in MN shouldn’t be hasty in joining any political pacts. Umno is firm about this and will not allow ourselves to sway easily.
“Tok Mat, Tuan Ibrahim, it’s never too late to continue what we had started with. Being with the other side doesn’t bring any gain, let alone getting more seats,” he said, addressing his deputy Mohamad Hasan and PAS deputy president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man midway through his speech.
PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang was also present, as were MCA president Wee Ka Siong, MIC president S Vigneswaran and PBRS deputy president Arthur Joseph Kurup.
Describing MN as a step towards a political reset in Malaysia, Zahid added that honesty and sincerity among its comrades were key.
Source : FMT
Umno’s official decision to end its political cooperation with Bersatu for the 15th general election meant the party is no longer divided on the matter, president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said.
Speaking to the press after the conclusion of the party’s 75th annual general assembly this weekend, Zahid said the motion introduced to the delegation and the party leadership today to sever ties with Bersatu was unanimously accepted.
“Because the general assembly is the highest governing body in Umno, as stated in its constitution, once it has decided on a huge policy, its members must fully abide on decision that was made by the party
“And because of that, there shouldn’t be any claims or rumours out there that Umno is at a crossroads. Umno is not at a crossroads. The decision made by the general assembly has been very clear,’’ he said.
Zahid also said the party was considering another ultimatum, which is to immediately withdraw support for Perikatan Nasional the moment the Emergency is lifted on August 1 or earlier, but added that this will be discussed at length in the next supreme council meeting.
“The delegation today has unanimously given their support to the party president and the supreme council to call for an election the moment the state of Emergency is lifted on August 1 or an earlier date,’’ said Zahid.
Earlier today, Zahid said in his policy speech for the general assembly that Umno under Barisan Nasional will head into the elections alone, and reject any notion of joining forces with PN.
Zahid also warned that disciplinary action would be taken against “parasites” within the party who have tried to undermine the decision made by the party today.
On January 11, the Yang diPertuan Agong declared a state of Emergency after the prime minister advised him that one was needed to contain the Covid-19 pandemic.
However, the federal Opposition and even some in Umno have asked if the move was meant to prevent a possible change of government
The Emergency also gives Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and his Cabinet extraordinary powers, such as introducing laws without the approval of Parliament.