Umno Supreme Council backs Ismail but outlines demands

Umno Supreme Council backs Ismail but outlines demands

PETALING JAYA: The Umno Supreme Council has reaffirmed its support for Ismail Sabri Yaakob as the prime minister but has made it clear that the new administration must deliver, says a source in the know.

Speaking to FMT, the source said the party has also asked Ismail to look into several issues, including expediting institutional reforms.

These reforms, he said, included the separation of powers between the attorney-general and that of the public prosecutor, as well as the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission and police.

The Supreme Council also wants Ismail to speed up the establishment of a Royal Commission of Inquiry into former AG Tommy Thomas and his claims in his memoir.

“It’s important because it affects the credibility of his actions in office,” said the source.

Earlier this year, the party’s youth wing had also called for an RCI to investigate Thomas’ claims.

This included the admission by Thomas of having a hand in the appointment of the Chief Justice of Malaysia, the Court of Appeal president and the chief judge of Sabah and Sarawak after a series of discussions with then prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Umno, the source added, also informed Ismail that it wants the Registrar of Societies (RoS) to stop its “harassment” over the postponement of the party elections.

“Everything was done by the book and the RoS even gave its approval to postpone party polls because of Covid-19.”

Today’s meeting also agreed that the Supreme Council would meet the prime minister and the ministers from the party once a month “to strengthen the cooperation between Umno and the government”.

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“We are doing this as this is the first time an Umno prime minister is not the party president and there are many ministers who are not sitting on the Supreme Council.

“So it is important that Umno and the government are on the same page,” the source said.

Ismail is the party’s vice-president.

The source added the party also made it clear they do not want Ismail’s administration to be known as a Perikatan Nasional government.

“We prefer that he calls it Kerajaan Keluarga Malaysia.”

Later in a statement, party president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said they also wanted the government to pay attention to what the people wanted when it came to their wellbeing and welfare.

This includes improving the aid packages and interest-free moratoriums as well as aid for small and medium entrepreneurs who were affected by the pandemic.

The party also wants the new government to focus on overcoming the pandemic and ramping up vaccination in order to achieve herd immunity.

“Umno must pioneer several institutional reforms in all branches of the government including a more efficient Parliament,” he said.

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