KUALA LUMPUR: The decision by the Umno supreme council was unanimous in withdrawing support for Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as Prime Minister, says Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said.
In a brief statement on Facebook Thursday (July 8), the Pengerang MP quoted a phrase from Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s speech as Umno president early Thursday (July 8).
“The Umno supreme council has unanimously agreed to retract support towards Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin,” the Deputy Speaker posted, attaching a copy of Ahmad Zahid’s speech.
Following a virtual meeting that stretched till the early hours of Thursday, Ahmad Zahid announced that Umno would withdraw support for the Prime Minister, saying that Muhyiddin had failed to fulfil seven requirements outlined by Umno when the government was sworn in on March 11 last year.
On Thursday (July 8), Ketereh MP Tan Sri Annuar Musa claimed that there was no consensus during the Umno supreme council meeting on Wednesday (July 7).
He claimed that several supreme council members had contacted him after the meeting, saying that Ahmad Zahid’s statement did not reflect the meeting’s verdict.
However, in a Facebook post, Ahmad Zahid said it wasn’t true that the Umno president makes party decisions by himself.
“Everything is decided according to the constitution and discretion, based on the interests of the people and country.
“Therefore, propaganda that claim the Umno president only makes party decisions by himself, aren’t true as well,” he said.
Umno has 38 MPs in the 222-member Dewan Rakyat, including nine ministers in the Perikatan Nasional government.
At present, there are 220 MPs in the 222-seat Parliament following the deaths of Batu Sapi MP Datuk Liew Vui Keong and Gerik MP Datuk Hasbullah Osman.