UMNO NOT SHARING MALACCA WITH BERSATU – THE STATE ELECTION IS A ‘GAME CHANGER’ FOR US, DECLARES ZAHID – ALREADY OVER-CONFIDENT, UMNO BIG-WIGS SHOW HOW LITTLE THEY CARE FOR THE PEOPLE’S SAFETY – PIN THE BLAME ON ALI RUSTAM – ‘SINCE THE GOVERNOR HAS ANNOUNCED THE DISSOLUTION, WE MUST RESPECT HIS DECISION’

KUALA LUMPUR, 4 Jun -- Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah hari ini berkenan mengurniakan Watikah Pelantikan Tuan Yang Terutama (TYT) Yang Dipertua Negeri Melaka ketujuh kepada Tun Mohd Ali Mohd Rustam (duduk, depan) di Istana Negara. Pelantikan bekas Ketua Menteri Melaka itu berkuat kuasa hari ini sehingga tempoh empat tahun bagi menggantikan Tun Dr Mohd Khalil Yaakob yang tamat tempoh perkhidmatan hari ini.?Selepas istiadat pengurniaan watikah itu Al-Sultan Abdullah turut berkenan mengurniakan Darjah Kebesaran Seri Maharaja Mangku Negara yang membawa gelaran Tun kepada Mohd Ali.?--fotoBERNAMA (2020) HAK CIPTA TERPELIHARA??KUALA LUMPUR, June 4 -- Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah today presented the instrument of appointment as the seventh Yang Di-Pertua Negeri of Melaka to Tun Mohd Ali Mohd Rustam (seated, front) in a ceremony at the Istana Negara today.?Mohd Ali’s appointment took effect today for a term of four years, replacing Tun Dr Mohd Khalil Yaakob whose tenure ended today.?After the presentation of the instrument of appointment Al-Sultan Abdullah also conferred the Darjah Kebesaran Seri Maharaja Mangku Negara award to Mohd Ali; carries the title Tun.?--fotoBERNAMA (2020) COPYRIGHTS RESERVED

Melaka party leadership against working with Bersatu, says Zahid

PETALING JAYA: The decision by Umno and Barisan Nasional not to cooperate with Bersatu in the Melaka state election reflects the will of the state’s party leadership, Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said.

He said the decision is also in line with the one taken at the Umno general assembly in March.

“However, since the Yang di-Pertua Negeri Ali Rustam has announced the dissolution of the state assembly, we must respect his authority,” he said.

Asked the reason for former chief minister Idris Haron withdrawing support for the state government, Zahid said the political crisis is linked to “one’s ambitions and idealism, and dislike of others”.

Idris and three other assemblymen withdrew their backing for the state government led by Sulaiman Md Ali on Oct 4, causing the Umno-led government to fall.

The other three were Nor Azman Hassan (BN-Pantai Kundor), Noor Effandi Ahmad (Bersatu-Telok Mas) and Norhizam Hassan Baktee (Ind-Pengkalan Batu).

Zahid also said he expected political “flexibility” to be key to the formation of the next government after GE15, as he foresaw no one party being dominant at the polls, just like in 2018.

“Such a situation is quite dangerous as it causes instability in the country, which is why we need to start thinking about political flexibility to form the government.”

He also said he did not see much hope in making Muafakat Nasional (MN), Umno’s alliance with PAS, a reality in the elections since it has yet to be registered as a political entity.

Recent developments, he said, made him believe that the alliance with the Islamist party should be reviewed, referring to PAS’s decision to join the Bersatu-led Perikatan National.

“It’s enough to be betrayed once, but if it’s done repeatedly, and not by Umno but various other parties… I think it (the MN alliance) has to be reevaluated.”

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