BN leaders: Zahid statement didn't reflect decision on Parliament sitting

B Nantha Kumar
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BN leaders: Zahid statement didn't reflect decision on Parliament sitting
BN leaders: Zahid statement didn't reflect decision on Parliament sitting

Top BN leaders have refuted a statement from their chairperson Ahmad Zahid Hamidi yesterday that appealed to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to order for a Parliament sitting to be held as soon as possible.

Instead, they said that the coalition's top leadership meeting on Wednesday did not make any decision such as Zahid had represented.

MIC president SA Vigneswaran said the BN meeting that took place on Wednesday decided that they would not to make an assumption on the king's decree about a Parliament sitting.

"I am shocked by the statement issued by the BN chairperson. The BN meeting had never supported any decision to make an appeal to the Agong to order a Parliament sitting to be conducted as soon as possible," he told Malaysiakini.

MIC president SA Vigneswaran
MIC president SA Vigneswaran

He said this when asked to clarify rumours that the BN meeting did not agree with a call to hold a parliamentary session.

Yesterday, Zahid in his statement as BN chairperson, made an appeal to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah to order a Parliament sitting to be held as soon as possible for lawmakers to debate on several crucial matters.

The Umno president also called on all MPs to urge Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and his cabinet to respect the king's recent statement on a parliamentary sitting.

However, Vigneswaran, who is also a former Dewan Negara speaker, described Zahid's statement as inaccurate.

"The issue of holding a Parliament session was discussed.

"But there were explanations from several parties that the king did not decree for a Parliament sitting to be held as soon as possible but was only suggesting that Parliament can sit during the current emergency at a date that he finds suitable on the advice of the prime minister.

"Thus, we took the decision not to make any assumption and there was no need to issue a statement regarding a Parliament session," he said.

MCA president Wee Ka Siong
MCA president Wee Ka Siong

MCA president Wee Ka Siong when contacted by Malaysiakini, confirmed Vigneswaran's account of the meeting.

"I confirm what Vigneswaran said was correct," he said, without elaborating further.

Another BN leader, Arthur Joseph Kurup, also told Malaysiakini that Zahid's press release was not agreed to by the meeting.

"The BN supreme council did not agree to the press statement that was released," said the PBRS deputy president, referring to the coalition's top leadership council.

PBRS deputy president Arthur Joseph Kurup
PBRS deputy president Arthur Joseph Kurup

For the record, the BN meeting at PWTC on Wednesday was attended by Zahid, Vigneswaran, Wee, Arthur, Umno deputy president Mohamad Hassan and two Umno vice-presidents Ismail Sabri Yaakob and Mahdzir Khalid.

Also present were MCA president Wee Ka Siong, his deputy Mah Hang Soon, MCA secretary-general Chong Sin Woong, MIC deputy president M Saravanan and its secretary-general M Asojan.

On cooperation with Bersatu, Vigneswaran said that what Umno had decided was not BN's decision.

He was referring to Umno's decision that it will not continue working with Bersatu in the next general election.

Vigneswaran also added that Zahid had given his assurance that BN would never work with Pakatan Harapan.

"Zahid gave his word in God's name that he would not cooperate with DAP, PKR and Amanah at any time," he said.