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Umno assembly endorses ‘quit PN’ move, but stops short of immediate resignations

The party remains in the government despite strong words against Perikatan Nasional over the last two days.

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The Umno general assembly ended today with party leaders saying a proposal to quit the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government has been endorsed, short of the immediate resignation of Umno ministers and deputy ministers despite earlier calls.

In perhaps one of the shortest speeches to close an Umno general assembly, party president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi declared that the proposal for Umno to cut ties with PN had been endorsed.

He ended his 10-minute speech by urging those in the hall to stand up if they support the proposal.

He also said the Umno leadership could now decide to quit the PN government at any time.

“The delegates have given the mandate to the president and the Supreme Council that we may quit the PN government at any time if there is no sign of a general election in the near future,” he said.

Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has indicated that elections would be held once the state of emergency is lifted, subject to the Covid-19 pandemic receding.

Zahid meanwhile warned that if the PN government decides to rule until the end of its current tenure in 2023, all ministers, deputy ministers as well as GLC heads would resign immediately.

Earlier, Umno deputy president Mohamad Hasan had said the party should be firm if it decides to quit the government.

“If we have agreed to quit in August, then we must quit in August,” Mohamad said.

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