SEPANG : " I don't have time to play politics."
That was the short response from Rembau member of Parliament Khairy Jamaluddin when he was asked to comment on the purported " discreet meeting " among UMNO top leaders to ask MPs from the party to withdraw support from the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government.
It was reported that the two-hour long meeting that started around 9 pm was organised by UMNO vice-president Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob at the Defence Ministry's Wisma Perwira in Kuala Lumpur near here.
Media personnel who waited near the complex sighted several vehicles and outriders near the area.
Among the UMNO leaders seen entering the building were party president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and his predecessor, Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who is also the Pekan MP.
It is believed the meeting was to address and mediate tension between some UMNO parliamentarians, who had previously called for the party's exit from PN before August 01, 2021.
The outcome of the meeting, however, remains unknown with several media outlets quoting party sources reported different outcomes of the meeting last night.
UMNO Supreme Council member Datuk Mohd Puad Zarkashi in a social media post expressed confidence that the party will withdraw its supports from PN.
" The decision by UMNO to withdraw support for the PN government is definite.
" ( The party is ) just waiting for the MKT (supreme council) to finalise the matter," said Puad.
He claimed that party members had been waiting for UMNO to finalise its decision since the party's annual general assembly, which concluded in March this year.
Puad also said UMNO was aware that there were quarters in the party who would be unhappy with the decision, which could lead to the collapse of the PN government.
" When the appointment of ministers ( in the Cabinet ) did not follow the party's hierarchy, UMNO accepted it with an open heart that.
" Instead, we saw the 'Kumpulan Katak' (leapfrogging members) from UMNO who were given positions," he said.
It was unclear if they referred to MPs within UMNO who are not in favour of the decision, or former party leaders who jumped ship to other political parties.
" There are no reasons to be angry at UMNO. The party has given 15 months for PN to govern the country.
" Not only UMNO, but the rakyat also think that PN has failed (as the government). That is why the decision by UMNO (to withdraw support from PN) is the right move," Puad said in the posting.
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