ZAHID THUNDERS OUT A WARNING TO MUHYIDDIN: ‘WHAT IS HAPPENING IN SABAH CAN HAPPEN IN OTHER STATES’ – UMNO TO CONTEST IN STATE POLLS, BUT WON’T JOIN PERIKATAN: WILL UMNO EVEN BOTHER TO ‘SHARE’ ANY SEATS WITH BERSATU IN SABAH?

UMNO’S plan to form the government in Sabah has been thwarted by caretaker chief minister Mohd Shafie Apdal’s move to dissolve the state assembly, said Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

Ahmad Zahid said Shafie’s advice to governor Juhar Mahiruddin not to form the state government through defections has foiled Umno’s attempt.

He added that Umno will contest in the state polls and warned what is happening in Sabah may happen in other states.

“The reality is this dissolution gives back the power to the people to decide on a new mandate.

He said as there is no Muafakat Nasional in Sabah and any decision on seat contests will be up to the top leadership of Sabah Umno and other Barisan Nasional component parties.

“We still have Sabah Barisan Nasional. We also have Sabah Umno.

“Sabah Umno has been given autonomy. We will discuss with top leadership in Sabah, including Musa Aman.”

Former Sabah chief minister Musa Aman claimed yesterday he had enough lawmakers on his side to form the state government with simple majority.

Shafie this morning announced that Juhar had consented to the dissolution of the state assembly.

Shafie said he is now the caretaker chief minister until the elections that will be held within 60 days. – THE MALAYSIAN INSIGHT

Zahid: Umno will not join PN coalition but still part of govt

Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the party has decided against being a component party of the Perikatan Nasional (PN) coalition.

In a press conference today, he said his party will focus on strengthening its pact with PAS instead.

“Umno has decided to not join PN, instead we will strengthen Muafakat Nasional (MN) together with PAS and BN component parties.

“Our support for the PN government was only based on support from Umno and BN MPs and assemblypersons to form the federal government and certain state governments,” he said.

He did not deny that this was a step in preparation for a possible snap election.

“This is not simply a preliminary step but in my opinion, it is a move that Umno and BN leaders have thought about thoroughly,” he said when asked.

Zahid clarified that Umno was not pulling out of the PN administration.

“This is not an announcement of our decision to pull out from PN.

“My decision here is to announce we are not going to participate in the formation of PN. Our decision is not to be a component member of PN if PN was to be registered,” he explained.

Zahid declined to elaborate when asked if Umno’s latest decision was due to the verdict in former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak’s RM42 million SRC International trial, coyly smiling and saying that the poser was “up for the media to interpret”.

He previously said Umno would make a “political decision” in response to the guilty verdict.

Bersatu’s request will be studied

Meanwhile, the Bagan Datuk MP said Umno and PAS would discuss Bersatu president Muhyiddin Yassin’s request for Bersatu to be a part of MN.

“I will leave it to the MN committee to study whether Bersatu’s request further strengthens MN in the interest of the rakyat and the country,” he said.

Zahid confirmed that Muhyiddin had met with BN MPs in Parliament yesterday to communicate his request. – MKINI

THE MALAYSIAN INSIGHT / MKINI

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