Move by Umno is for tackling Covid 19 crisis and not to grab power, says Zahid


On Friday (July 9), Umno leader Ahmed Zahid Hamidi insisted that the party’s decision to withdraw support for Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin was not a seizure of power but a government Response to the mismanagement of the Covid19 pandemic in Malaysia. Despite the nationwide blockade, it continues to set new highs.
The former deputy premier noted that the overall number of patients is approaching a million, and ICU (intensive care unit) beds are virtually filled. “The outcome is a deteriorating economy,” he said on Facebook. Many people have lost their jobs.
“Despite this, the epidemic is spreading. More people have died. There isn’t even a suggestion that things will get better. Is Umno completely unaware of this? Umno is aware of all of this. Umno understands that the people can no longer take it. The country must quickly recover.”
With 38 representatives, Umno is the largest political party in the Tan Sri Muhyiddin National Party (PN) ruling agreement, consisting of 17 ministers and deputy ministers.
Even its partners in the once-dominant Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition have criticized Umno’s declaration on Thursday demanding Mr. Muhyiddin to quit over claimed government failings. Both the Malaysian Chinese Association and the Malaysian Indian Congress have stated that they would continue to back Prime Minister Najib Razak.
Meanwhile, Umno appears to be split, with top parliamentarians claiming that the majority of the party’s MPs stay loyal to the PN government so that they can focus on combating the country’s deadliest coronavirus outbreak.


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