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Malaysia GE2022: BN willing to back unity govt, as long as not led by PN, says Umno

KUALA LUMPUR — The Umno (United Malays National Organisation) supreme council has unanimously made the decision on Thursday (Nov 24) for Barisan Nasional (BN) to support and join a unity government, provided it is not led by Perikatan Nasional (PN).

Barisan Nasional President Ahmad Zahid Hamidi waves at photographers as he leaves the National Palace at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Nov 23, 2022.

Barisan Nasional President Ahmad Zahid Hamidi waves at photographers as he leaves the National Palace at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Nov 23, 2022.

KUALA LUMPUR — The Umno (United Malays National Organisation) supreme council has unanimously made the decision on Thursday (Nov 24) for Barisan Nasional (BN) to support and join a unity government, provided it is not led by Perikatan Nasional (PN).

Umno secretary-general Mr Ahmad Maslan said in a statement that the party has also agreed for its candidates who won seats in the 15th general election (GE15) to abide by any form of a unity government or otherwise as decreed by the King.

"The supreme council has unanimously decided to support and uphold the command of the King for Umno to support and take part in a unity government that is not led by PN to ensure the formation of a stable and prosperous government,” said the statement released early on Thursday after the council's meeting.

He said this decision was made following the meeting's review of both proposals from PN and rival Pakatan Harapan (PH).

BN met PN representatives at the St Regis Kuala Lumpur yesterday, and PH prior to that on Monday at the Seri Pacific Hotel.

Umno also reiterated its support for party president Mr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to remain in the post as well as chairman of BN.

This comes as MCA secretary-general Chong Sin Woon had urged yesterday for Mr Ahmad Zahid to be replaced by his deputy Mohamad Hasan, also known as Tok Mat, as Barisan chairman.

As a result, Umno division chiefs will gather this afternoon to demand Mr Wee Ka Siong's resignation as MCA president.

Meanwhile, a copy of a letter purportedly signed by Mr Wee, MIC president S. Vigneswaran and Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah deputy president Arthur Joseph Kurup calling for a vote of no-confidence in Mr Ahmad Zahid has gone viral online. Malay Mail reached out to the trio to verify its authenticity but did not receive an answer.

Others who have demanded the Umno president’s resignation include Umno leaders Khairy Jamaluddin, former information chief Shahril Hamdan, Selangor Umno chief Tan Sri Noh Omar, Johor Mentri Besar Onn Hafiz Ghazi and MIC vice-president Datuk C. Sivarraajh.

Besides that, Mr Ahmad also announced that the Umno general assembly for this year will take place between Dec 21 and 24.

The BN supreme council is set to meet this morning to weigh up the options presented by PH and PN.

Meanwhile, the King will meet his fellow Malay Rulers today to seek their views on solving the political impasse following the 15th general election (GE15) that saw no coalition commanding a simple majority of the Dewan Rakyat.

It is understood that the King has proposed a unity government, with BN chairman Ahmad Zahid Hamidi divulging that the King requested for BN to be part of it in the meeting which also included deputy chairman Mohamad Hasan and secretary-general Zambry Abdul Kadir — rather than the original 30 MPs that were summoned by the palace.

Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) was also summoned yesterday, and senior vice-president of Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Fadillah Yusof, who represented the coalition, also said that the King had advised it to consider the possible formation of a unity government.

PN chairman Muhyiddin Yassin had on Tuesday refused the formation of a unity government with PH, saying the coalition will never work with its rivals.

PH and BN have so far seemed receptive to the idea of a unity government, either with each other plus GPS, or a grand coalition unity government.

PKR vice-president Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad reportedly vowed that any unity government with PH in it would represent the public across political spectrums, ethnicities, faiths, states, and territories within the nation, echoing the King’s request for an all-inclusive government.

BN’s Azalina Othman Said also stressed how a political party like Umno need not sell out on its principles and policies, remedying this by consenting to a joint manifesto in a unity government, although she seemed more amenable to a confidence-and-supply agreement to support a minority government.

In the GE15 last Saturday, PH won 82 seats to PN’s 73. BN won 30. MALAYMAIL

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