PETALING JAYA: The once powerful Umno is now the target of jokes, according to former federal minister Zaid Ibrahim, who took care of ministers from his former party who refused to resign from the Perikatan Nasional (PN) Cabinet.
Zaid said it was absurd for Umno ministers to remain in government when the party’s position on certain issues directly opposed that of the PN administration.
He told FMT that ministers could not be in Umno while adopting the suspension of Parliament and the new state of emergency decision allowing Putrajaya to pass an additional budget and use consolidated funds without entering the legislature in emergency situations.
Umno leaders have repeatedly called for the Parliament to convene during the state of emergency, while former prime minister Najib Razak criticized the new decision.
“The ministers say they do not want to abandon the ship because they want to serve the people. Then don’t be with Umno, join PPBM instead, ”Zaid said.
“The party’s position is clear – you either resign or join the prime minister. This is why our politics are so complex because political parties are sending mixed signals.”
Stating that he agrees with the outspoken parliamentarian Nazri Aziz’s views, Zaid called on party chairman Ahmed Zahid Hamidi to instruct the Umno ministers to leave the Cabinet immediately.
Nazri criticized Zahid for lacking leadership and portraying the party as a “paper tiger” after the “roar” at Umno’s annual plenary yesterday yesterday.
“It is clear that they have to resign, but the president does not have the leadership to tell them to do so. Is he worried that they won’t listen to him if he asks them? “
Following the party’s legislature, Umno ministers were urged to leave the cabinet, although they have not yet decided when to withdraw their support for the PN government.
Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin announced yesterday that he will remain in the Cabinet after all Umno ministers advised them to do it for the benefit of the people and the country.
Reezal Merican Naina Merican, youth and sports minister, defended his decision, claiming that resigning from Cabinet posts would damage Umno’s name and image.
Health Minister Dr.Adham Baba told the PN government that they would not resign when they bear the hefty responsibility of helping the PN government deal with the Covid-19 outbreak and the country’s economy.