Umno, PAS plans for possible snap polls

A framework has been given to Umno divisional leaders as to how the cooperation with PAS would take place for both state and parliamentary seats

by DASHVEENJIT KAUR/ pic by BERNAMA

OPPOSITION parties Umno and PAS are preparing for a possible fresh elections after interim Prime Minister (PM) Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad announced that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah’ could not determine the faction and candidate that have a clear majority.

Umno secretary general Tan Sri Annuar Musa (picture; left) said members of the party are well aware of the situation that Dr Mahathir is facing, but the wellbeing of the people shall remain the priority.

“As a party, the preparation for an election must be ceaseless. Hence, following today’s meeting, I have issued a circular and order,” he told reporters after a meeting with Umno’s divisional leaders in Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) yesterday.

The congregation at PWTC saw heads of all 191 divisions meeting and discussing with Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi on the party’s next move.

According to Annuar, the circular and order are issued based on the decision made by the Supreme Council and the president.

He said the order would also facilitate Umno and Barisan Nasional’s (BN) election machine to start moving, along with PAS via Muafakat Nasional.

A framework was also given to party divisional leaders yesterday as to how the cooperation with PAS would take place for both state and parliamentary seats, as well as voting districts.

Umno, along with its allies in the BN pact, as well as PAS, have called for snap elections to form a new government after the former ruling coalition Pakatan Harapan (PH) collapsed.

Members of Umno and PAS also refuted claims that they had nominated Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yasin, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia’s president, as a PM candidate.

“Umno and PAS remain firm in seeking’s His Majesty’s command for the dissolution of Parliament, so that people can come up with a final solution to the problems they are currently facing,” Annuar said.

On Dr Mahathir’s statement regarding the King not being able to determine a PM candidate who commands the majority of Parliament, Annuar refused to make any comment until an official statement from the palace is made public.

Dr Mahathir had announced that the Dewan Rakyat will convene on March 2, 2020, to conduct a floor vote. If there is no majority, a snap election will be called.

On Wednesday, Dr Mahathir, in his first public address since the turmoil that began on Sunday, had asked to be given the opportunity to form and lead a non-partisan government covering the entire political spectrum.

Dr Mahathir also said he would return as the country’s statesman if he managed to garner enough support from lawmakers.

Following that, PH, which now garners 41% of the parliamentary seat after Dr Mahathir’s Bersatu left, said their support is leaning towards PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as the eighth PM.

Dr Mahathir had an audience with the King for an hour yesterday, his second appointment at the palace this week amid the conundrum faced by Malaysian politics.

Clad in a dark suit, Dr Mahathir left the premises tight-lipped, only waving at reporters who were camped outside the palace.

According to reports by local media, Chief Justice Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat was also summoned, however, there was no sight of her making her way into the palace.

The King had earlier spent two days speaking to lawmakers to determine who has the support of the majority following Dr Mahathir’s resignation on Monday.