Perlis Umno veteran Shahidan Kassim has urged the party to take action against Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, saying the president has not only gone against the decision that the party remain in the government until a general election is called, but had also misled the Yang di-Pertuan Agong during an audience last month.
He cited a recent revelation by Umno veteran Nazri Aziz, that Umno MPs were instructed by Zahid to sign a statutory declaration (SD) in support of PKR president Anwar Ibrahim.
“… They had signed SDs in support of Anwar in front of Anwar, the president (Zahid), a dignitary, as well as Najib who was also present several times,” said Shahidan, referring to the former Umno president and an unnamed VIP.
He questioned the Supreme Council, accusing it of having double standards in taking action against members who breach party rules.
“I would like to remind once again the members of the Supreme Council who hold the trust of their office: do not be silent on wrongdoings, either from fear or on the excuse of preserving harmony,” the former Perlis Umno chief, who was sacked from the post in April, said in a statement.
This comes as Zahid steps up his campaign to get Cabinet members from Umno to resign, announcing Aug 1 as the deadline for the party to quit the government.
It was also reported that Zahid is now actively seeking to get ministers from his party to resign by July 7, the date when a Cabinet meeting will decide on a special sitting of the Dewan Rakyat before the end of the month.
Yesterday, MalaysiaNow reported that Zahid had misled the Agong when he claimed that all Cabinet members and GLC heads from Umno had pledged to quit their positions by Aug 1, whether or not the state of emergency which expires by then is extended.
Checks with several Umno ministers and deputy ministers revealed that no such pledge was made “whether written or verbal”.
Shahidan is among several key Umno MPs who have openly opposed Zahid’s plans, in the wake of revelations of the party’s chief’s secret talks with PKR president Anwar Ibrahim.
In recent days, Nazri, the Padang Rengas MP, has come out openly against Zahid’s plans to work with other opposition parties to form a government.
Zahid during the Umno general assembly, alongside Najib, had been at the forefront of efforts to get Umno out of the government in the hope of toppling Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin.
This was followed by the revelation of a phone conversation between Zahid and Anwar, in which the opposition leader congratulated Zahid for his efforts to get Umno to revoke support for Muhyiddin.
The Umno Supreme Council had earlier decided that the party would remain with the Perikatan Nasional coalition government until Parliament is dissolved.
Muhyiddin had pledged to call for elections when the emergency expires subject to the Covid-19 situation, which has not shown any sign of abating amid a surge in daily cases.