Decide on Melaka quickly, Azmin tells Umno
ALOR GAJAH: With certain Umno leaders making contradictory statements on the party’s cooperation with Perikatan Nasional (PN) in the Melaka polls, Azmin Ali has asked the party to decide quickly so that they can proceed with their election planning.
Azmin claimed that he had received information that certain Umno leaders and grassroots members were keen to cooperate with PN in the Melaka state election scheduled for Nov 20, adding that the coalition had not shut its doors to negotiating with the party.
“But this is an internal problem of Umno in which we should not interfere. The party needs to make a final decision on whether it wants to cooperate or not.
“Let the people judge which party is rejecting unity and which one is for establishing cooperation for the sake of stability in the state and country,” Bernama reported the PN election director as saying after attending a meeting with the Masjid Tanah PN polls team here.
On Oct 22, Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had said the party was sticking to its decision not to cooperate with Bersatu in any election.
Umno secretary-general Ahmad Maslan, however, said it is still not too late for the party to establish cooperation with any party for the election, adding that the Supreme Council will make a final decision at its meeting on Thursday.
Azmin, who is also PN information chief and Bersatu Supreme Council member, said the Umno-led BN should decide fast to ensure that the party’s election machinery could make more effective preparations at the grassroots level in the state.
“PN component parties Bersatu, PAS and Gerakan are ready for nominations, but Umno has yet to make the final decision on its cooperation. We hope for an early decision and not a last-minute one,” he said. FMT
IPOH: Perikatan Nasional (PN) will not withdraw its support for the federal government even if the coalition clashes with Umno directly in the Melaka state election, said PN deputy chairman Ahmad Faizal Azumu.
He said this is because PN is placing its full trust in the leadership of Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
“It has not crossed our minds to withdraw support because we can see the government is striving to do its best through the Malaysian Family concept that has been launched.
“Everything is proceeding smoothly. InsyaAllah (God willing) we will continue the cooperation and we seek the help of Allah to make all things smooth,” Faizal, who is also Bersatu deputy president, told reporters after a sports event here.
On Oct 22, Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi reiterated that the party would not work with Bersatu, which is a PN component member, in the Melaka state election on Nov 20.
Faizal, who is youth and sports minister, said he had good ties with most Umno leaders, especially those in the Cabinet and their relationship is not affected by political manoeuvring.
“I see that there are people and leaders in these two groups who can still cooperate although I do not rule out the possibility of one or two who appear confused by what they should be fighting for,” he added.
The Tambun MP said PN was still willing to discuss cooperation with all parties, including Umno, for the sake of winning the state election. FMT
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