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Umno Supreme Council to decide on BN's direction

KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 26): The UMNO Supreme Council's meeting tonight is expected to decide on the stand and direction of Barisan Nasional (BN), by considering the views of BN parliamentarians who attended a meeting this afternoon, said BN advisory board chairman Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

The Pekan Member of Parliament said various views were shared at the meeting but no decision was made on BN’s stand, especially on Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah’s ruling that there was no need to declare a state of Emergency in the country.

"We hold to the principle that Umno should not be split no matter what happens. Umno must act as a block; this is one of the views which can be said to be supported by all quarters,” he told reporters after the meeting which lasted about 90 minutes at Menara Dato Onn here.

Meanwhile, Umno veteran Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah said the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s decision was discussed at the meeting.

"Good, a wise decision," he said.

In a statement yesterday, Comptroller of the Royal Household of Istana Negara, Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin, said His Majesty, in response to a government proposal, had decided that for now there was no need to declare a state of Emergency in Malaysia or any part of the country to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.

BN treasurer-general Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said today’s discussion centred on the party’s future.

"We want to find the way forward. (Any) decision that we make must be on the basis of what is good for the rakyat and the country," he said.

Umno Supreme Council member Datuk Zahidi Zainul Abidin said there was no discussion on calls for the prime minister to step down.

Instead, Umno decided to stick to its stand of not cooperating with DAP and PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, he added.

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