UMNO OR PURE EVIL? AND IF ANWAR GETS DRAGGED DOWN AGAIN, THERE’S NO ONE TO BLAME BUT HIMSELF FOR GETTING IN OVER HIS HEAD: LETTER TO AGONG SIGNED BY NAJIB & ZAHID SUPPORTING ANWAR IS A FAKE – UMNO ISSUES OFFICIAL STATEMENT AHEAD OF MONDAY MN POW-WOW TO DISCUSS ‘NEW POWER-SHARING’ SCHEME

UMNO has denied issuing any letter supporting Anwar Ibrahim as the next prime minister, said the party.

“The Umno president’s office has never issued such a letter,” said Umno secretary Mohd Sumali Reduan in a statement today.

“We are responsible for preparing all the correspondences and no party letter heads have been issued without a reference number,” he added.

He said the letter was circulated by parties who want to tarnish Umno president Dr Zahid Ahmad Hamidi’s reputation.

The letter, purportedly signed by Zahid as well as Najib Razak in his capacity as Barisan Nasional advisor, states that all Umno MPs withdraw their support for Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and are unanimously behind Anwar to be the country’s ninth prime minister.

Earlier today, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Khairy Jamaluddin posted a photo of the letter on Instagram, saying he was not in support of the PKR president and Port Dickson MP’s bid to be prime minister.

“If the letter is true, I want to categorically state that my party president does not speak for me. I am not supporting Anwar Ibrahim to become PM.

“I hope other Umno MPs will make their positions clear. Let’s see then who has the numbers,” said Khairy in a post on an Instagram story.

Anwar claimed on Sept 23 that he had the majority numbers to be the next prime minister, and that Muhyiddin’s government had collapsed.

On Tuesday, he had an audience with the Yang Di Pertuan Agong on the matter. The king is now in the process of meeting the heads of political parties to verify Anwar’s claim.

Umno secretary-general Ahmad Maslan today also said the party would never work with Anwar, nor with Dr Mahathir Mohamad or DAP.  THE MALAYSIAN INSIGHT

Zahid’s letter supporting Anwar is fake – spokesperson

A purported letter to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong signed by Ahmad Zahid Hamidi supporting opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim to be prime minister is fake, said a spokesperson from the Umno president’s office.

The spokesperson denied the letter’s authenticity when contacted by Malaysiakini.

A denial was also issued on Umno’s official website.

“Umno strongly denies the viral letter purportedly supporting Anwar as the ninth prime minister,” the statement read.

The letter bears the signature of both Zahid and his predecessor Najib Abdul Razak.

Yesterday, MalaysiaNow reported that Najib and Zahid, in a joint letter to the ruler, had indicated that Umno was supporting Anwar.

The portal had cited a high-level Umno source as having divulged the contents of the letter.

Umno vice-president Mohamed Khaled Nordin, however, was quoted by Astro Awani downplaying the purported letter, calling it mere “speculation”.

Anwar had on Sept 23 claimed that he had secured a formidable majority to form the new government.

 

Hours after the announcement, Zahid issued a statement confirming that many Umno MPs were leaning towards Anwar.

This raised concerns, particularly in DAP, on Anwar possibly working with Zahid who is facing 47 charges of money laundering, corruption and criminal breach of trust.

Anwar has not revealed the list of MPs purportedly backing him but has provided supporting documents to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

However, the monarch will not be calling any party leaders to verify the claim until after the conditional movement control order (MCO) which expires on Oct 27 for Kuala Lumpur where Istana Negara is located.

The conditional MCO was reimplemented after a spike in Covid-19 cases.

Umno had announced that it may quit the Perikatan National administration, which will lead to its collapse if Umno does not get a new deal.

Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has a fragile majority, controlling only 113 out of the 222 parliamentary seats. The defection of three MPs is enough to topple his government.

Muhyiddin has asked Umno to state its demands in a bid to rescue his government. MKINI

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