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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Shahidan: Fate of PN govt lies with MPs, not Umno supreme council


Umno's top leadership may have been empowered to decide when to leave the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government, but ultimately the decision lies with the individual MPs, said Arau MP Shahidan Kassim.

“The Umno supreme council has decided (to pull out of the government) but I don’t know when (that will happen).

“But after the supreme council make the decision (on when to pull out), it is the MPs who will decide whether to dissolve parliament or not.

“Finally, it is up to the MPs,” Shahidan said in a press conference in Kuala Lumpur today.

Last weekend, the Umno general assembly empowered party president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and the supreme council to decide on an exit date from the PN government.

Zahid had said Umno will withdraw if Bersatu decides not to call for a general election until the current Parliament’s term ends in 2023.

He also said that BN has decided to go into the 15th general election on its own.

Shahidan today said when the PN government was formed in March 2020, it was the MPs who decided to come together to form a new administration.

“It wasn’t Umno who toppled the Pakatan Harapan (government) but the MPs. The party didn’t know about it.

“The party only came into the picture when it came time to appoint the cabinet,” said the Umno Perlis chairperson.

Since the party has already decided to eventually terminate its cooperation with Bersatu, Shahidan said the MPs must also make their own stand now.

Shahidan also denied that he was a “broker” working to pull Umno lawmakers to support the PN government.

“When I’m friendly (with Bersatu), I am accused of being an agent and a ‘broker’. I don’t have to be a broker. I am better than those broker agents at the Umno general assembly.

“Umno agreed to ‘divorce’ (from Bersatu) when it comes to the election, but right now we are still ‘married’ so I will continue to be friendly with them.

“I’m sure there are those who see me as the enemy,” he said. - Mkini

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