THE Umno Supreme Council meets tonight to decide one of two choices: stick with Muhyiddin Yassin and Perikatan Nasional or dump the government that was formed eight months ago.
The meeting began about half an hour ago, and comes after Barisan Nasional leaders and MPs met earlier this morning.
These meetings are to decide how to react to the Yang di-Pertuan Agung denying Putrajaya’s request for emergency powers to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Malaysian Insight has learnt that at least 24 Umno MPs are ready to dump Muhyiddin’s government.
Dumping PN will lead BN and Umno to another fork in the road: try to force a general election or back PKR president Anwar Ibrahim as prime minister.
“It all comes down to the ongoing meeting,” said a source.
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).
Anwar, who leads the Pakatan Harapan pact, has the support of the 91 MPs from PKR, DAP and Amanah.
The support of BN or even just Umno MPs will give Anwar a comfortable majority in the 222-seat Parliament. THE MALAYSIAN INSIGHT
Umno leaders begin meeting to decide future of Bersatu’s Muhyiddin as PM
His hold on power appears to be precarious as Umno’s meeting tonight will scrutinise all the views discussed during the meeting with Barisan Nasional(BN) earlier this afternoon.
First to arrive at the KL World Trade Centre was Umno Youth chief Datuk Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki after 8pm, followed by former Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan.
Pasir Salak MP Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman arrived at 8.30pm, followed by Datuk Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin.
None of the council members spoke to the press and remained tight-lipped to the meeting room.
Earlier today Zahidi said one of the strongest views given was for Umno to renegotiate with Muhyiddin because there are so many posts given to Bersatu.
Malaysiakini also reported this evening that former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak also had lobbied BN to support PKR president Anwar Ibrahim during the meeting between BN parliamentarians earlier today.
The report quoted several sources confirming the matter to the portal.
Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi will be chairing tonight’s meeting that comes after the King’s decision yesterday to decline Muhyiddin’s proposal for an Emergency declaration.
The King also warned MPs against political manoeuvres that could destabilise the government.
In tonight’s meeting, ultimately Umno could decide to continue backing Muhyiddin and the latter would live to fight another day, at least until his Budget is passed by Parliament. MALAY MAIL
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