BN chairman Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi called on all Malaysians to stop bickering about the prime ministership and accept the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s decision for BN and Pakatan Harapan (PH) to form a unity government.

“As such we need to move forward and accept the Agong’s decision and build the nation toward stability and sustainability.

“Even though some will say this is a bad move, this is the democratic process to which BN adheres, so we respect the wishes of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to form and support this new government,” Zahid said in a Facebook posting today.

Tensions rose in BN when reports emerged that Zahid had purportedly sent a letter to Istana Negara claiming 30 BN MPs would support Anwar as prime minister.

Many in Umno were against working with Anwar to form the new government.

Among them were Sembrong MP Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein and Umno vice-president and previous prime minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaacob.

Zahid has come under intense pressure to step down as BN chairman and Umno president after the party was thrashed in the 15th general election on November 19. MM

No need for resignations following BN’s GE15 defeat, says Ahmad Maslan

PONTIAN — The Barisan Nasional (BN) leadership at all party levels, including its president, Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi need not resign from their posts following the coalition’s defeat in the recent 15th general election (GE15).

Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan said it would do more good for the BN leadership to instead self-reflect, work towards closing ranks and overcome the coalition’s shortcomings.

Although BN only won a few seats in GE15, the party still had a decisive say in the formation of the unity government, he added.

“So, there is no need for resignations… we self-reflect on what had happened. Despite only winning a few seats in GE15, we are still grateful as those wins have proven to be important. We must now close ranks,” he told reporters after a dialogue session with the Benut electorate here today.

Meanwhile, Ahmad hopes the BN leadership, including its chairman Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, will be involved in discussions on the new unity government Cabinet under the leadership of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, saying that leadership was the voice of the party.

Separately, he also called on all Umno divisions to hold dialogue sessions with their respective constituents to explain the reasons why BN agreed to be part of the unity government as well as other party-related matters. — Bernama