FORMER minister Datuk Seri Nazri Abdul Aziz claims that a majority of BN’s 42 MPs have lost confidence in Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
According to a Malaysiakini report, Nazri said 25 statutory declarations have been signed giving Sembrong MP Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein the mandate to speak on behalf of BN to the King.
“When I found out the king wanted to meet party leaders, I didn’t trust Zahid anymore.
“In October, Zahid gave misleading information to the Agong that BN MPs supported (PKR president Datuk Seri) Anwar Ibrahim as prime minister.
“I trust Hishammuddin to tell the truth that we don’t support Anwar or DAP,” Nazri said.
He also said the declaration was not meant to support Hishammuddin as prime minister.
The Umno supreme council and general assembly had affirmed the party’s stance not to support Anwar as prime minister.
However, speculation is rife that Anwar had submitted to the King a list of 115 MPs who allegedly support his claim to Putrajaya during his meeting with the monarch on June 9.
Sinar Harian had quoted an Umno supreme council source as claiming that some of the names on the purported Anwar list were also on the list of MPs backing Hishammuddin as their spokesperson.
Asked why he picked Hishammuddin to be their representative, Nazri said it was because they needed a leader whom they felt could have the Agong’s ear.
Hishammuddin’s wife Tengku Marsilla Tengku Abdullah is the Agong’s cousin.
Previously in 2018, Nazri as then BN secretary-general had tried to lobby support for Anwar – in an effort to save Umno from being dissolved.
“At the time, I felt I needed to be close to the next PM, and then coax him not to dissolve Umno.
“Because Dr Mahathir Mohamad was set on dissolving us,” he said.
However, Nazri said support for Anwar was no longer necessary once Umno joined the government.
“I’m now comfortable that Umno will never be dissolved,” he added.