PETALING JAYA: Umno Supreme Council member Zahidi Zainul Abidin today claimed there are three PKR MPs supporting the prime minister.
He said this includes Kuala Langat MP Xavier Jayakumar, who is now an independent after quitting PKR in March. He did not name the other two.
“We are negotiating with another two (MPs),” he said during a press conference.
As for BN, he said there are 40 MPs who have signed statutory declarations backing Muhyiddin Yassin as the prime minister.
“There is no issue of (a lack of) support for Muhyiddin,” he said, adding that the support would remain until general elections are held once the Covid-19 crisis is brought under control.
Zahidi said Gua Musang MP Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah had withdrawn his support. “He is not in,” he added.
However, the Padang Besar MP said they were in the midst of discussion with the Umno president to ask him to support the move to back Muhyiddin and the government.
This, he said, was because Bersatu and BN were united in running the country, with the deputy prime minister from Umno and the prime minister from Bersatu.
He said it may not be practical to just support PN but not the prime minister.
Asked if he would put forward a motion to ask all Umno MPs to support the prime minister during the Supreme Council meeting, he said the deputy prime minister would also raise the issue.
Zahidi further said BN had never faced elections as an opposition.
“This may be a new experience and we may fail. It’s better to face the elections as part of the government,” he added.
He also said the PN coalition remains stable with support from Sabah and Sarawak.
If Muhyiddin resigns, PH will take over
Zahidi further said he received visits from various NGOs backing Muhyiddin as prime minister and asked the people not to be influenced by the recent rallies, including those held by the opposition.
“We advise the opposition not to divert attention with political issues as the government wants to tackle (the) Covid-19 crisis,” he said, further warning the rakyat that if Muhyiddin resigns, Pakatan Harapan (PH) would come back to power.
Representing his ministry, the communications and multimedia deputy minister warned the opposition not to spread fake news on social media, which includes insulting the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and leaders.
“I have received information that fake documents, purportedly from the Istana, are being released,” he said.
Asked if there were police reports lodged on the matter, he said: “There are police reports.”
He said there were also posts stating that Muhyiddin has resigned.
“We do not want to take action but we will if we have to,” he added.