BARISAN Nasional members of Parliament are meeting to evaluate if it will stick with Perikatan Nasional (PN) or abandon the ruling coalition amid talk that Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin is resigning.
The meeting at the Umno headquarters at Putra World Trade Centre began at 12.30pm.
The party’s Padang Besar MP Zahidi Zainul Abidin, when met at the lobby of the PWTC, said the meeting was a briefing to discuss events in the last 24 hours.
The deputy communications and multimedia minister did not want to be drawn further on the meeting’s agenda.
BN counts 43 MPs among its ranks, with Umno accounting for 39 of them. The rest are from MCA (2), MIC (1) and Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah (1).
Muhyiddin’s cabinet sought royal consent to take emergency powers and suspend the legislature, using escalating Covid-19 infection numbers as the reason.
Yesterday, the king rejected the request, saying all politicians should come together to support Budget 2021 and combat the Covid-19 pandemic.
Zahid yesterday panned Muhyiddin for seeking emergency rule without discussing and getting consensus from other parties in the ruling coalition.
“This episode clearly teaches us that implementation of any major steps that is to be taken by the government requires a process of deliberation and consensus of all parties,” the former deputy prime minister had said.
“Therefore, it is appropriate to start a national reconciliation initiative that includes a political, economic, social and security agenda.