IN THE END, AZMIN ONLY ABLE TO SUMMON 5 PKR MPs TO HIS SIDE – IS THIS WHY HE HAS TO BUY THE 22 UMNO-BN LAWMAKERS A FANCY DINNER – WILL HIS MINISTRY HAVE TO FOOT THE BILL, WHAT ABOUT HIS UNPAID RM329K TRAVEL EXPENSES? AS IT BECOMES APPARENT, NEWS OF AZMIN-UMNO-BN ‘SECRET’ MEETING WAS DELIBERATELY LEAKED – PERHAPS TO SCARE HIS PAKATAN ALLIES – ZAHID & EX-PAS MAN CLAIM ‘NOTHING IMPORTANT’ TRANSPIRED

The meeting between Umno parliamentarians and PKR deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali last night was merely to discuss the channelling of government projects to their various constituencies, alleged Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

The Umno president said, however, the meeting was carried out in a manner which contravened previous advice given by opposition leader in Parliament Ismail Sabri Yaakob, which led many parties to speculate as to its objective.

“I received information… the meeting was held to satisfy their (Umno MPs’) voters in getting government projects to be channelled through allocations to them as MPs.

“However, it created a perception… The opposition chief had before this reminded that any meeting must be done en bloc (by the opposition pact).

“And the meeting venue must be at Parliament, this would appear better and be more appropriate,” he said to reporters at the Kuala Lumpur Courts Complex this afternoon.

Zahid held a press conference today to clear the air over the meeting which took place at Azmin’s official residence in Putrajaya, last night

The two-hour meeting was reportedly attended by least 22 BN MPs and five PKR MPs including Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin (Ampang MP) and Deputy Transport Minister Kamaruddin Jaffar (Bandar Tun Razak MP).

Azmin is also economic affairs minister.

Zahid, who is Bagan Datoh MP, added the party is taking note of grouses raised by Umno members over the meeting.

The party leadership is on par with the disciplinary committee’s decision to investigate under existing regulations, and would leave it to the committee to reach any decision over the matter.

Umno disciplinary committee chairperson Mohamed Apandi Ali said in a statement today it was expecting to receive complaints about the meeting and would be probe the matter using existing procedures. -MKINI

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KUALA LUMPUR — Datuk Seri Azmin Ali’s meeting with 22 Umno lawmakers last night that has triggered a political storm was about Malaysia’s future, but apparently, it was “nothing important”, according to a PKR central leadership council member who attended.

Datuk Kamarudin Jaffar told reporters in Parliament this afternoon that the Opposition lawmakers met the PKR deputy president to discuss matters of national interest like Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) roadmap for economic and social wellbeing, the Shared Prosperity Vision 2030.

“And we also discussed and gave a briefing on the Shared Prosperity Vision 2030,” said Kamarudin who is also deputy transport minister.

Those leaving Azmin’s home declined to comment on the nature of the meeting and sought to play it down as a casual encounter. — Picture by Miera Zulyana
Those leaving Azmin’s home declined to comment on the nature of the meeting and sought to play it down as a casual encounter. — Picture by Miera Zulyana

Several MPs have openly blamed the 94-year-old’s leadership style for the defeat, which was attributed to voter dissatisfaction with reneged promises made prior to last year’s GE14.

It was reported that around 22 MPs from both sides of the political divide were seen to have gathered at the official resident of the economic affairs minister last night.

Besides the deputy transport minister, Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin, Sembrong MP Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein and Cameron Highlands MP Ramli Mohd Noor were among those spotted leaving the residence in their respective cars before midnight.

A catering van was also spotted leaving the residence at 10.40pm. – MALAY MAIL

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