KUALA LUMPUR, July 30 2020: Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi today said his party will not be part of the informal Perikatan Nasional (PN) coalition.
He said Umno will instead focus on strengthening the Muafakat Nasional (MN) partnership with its Barisan Nasional (BN) allies and PAS.
Zahid nonetheless said Umno lawmakers would continue to support the PN administration at federal and state levels.
“Support for the Perikatan Nasional government is only based on the backing of Umno and BN elected representatives to form the federal government and some state administrations,” he said during a press conference here.
Zahid also said that Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had met with several BN leaders yesterday to discuss the possibility of Pribumi Bersatu joining MN.
“I will leave it to the MN’s central committee to consider Bersatu’s intention to join, in the event that it could reinforce MN for the good of the people and country,” he added.
Zahid’s announcement of Umno’s position today came after former party president Datuk Seri Najib Razak was convicted in the SRC International trial on Tuesday, which triggered a wave of resentment against Muhyiddin’s administration among many grassroots party members.
Muhyiddin’s administration now holds a razor thin majority in Parliament as evident when it replaced the House Speaker by just two votes on June 29.