DPM, AG and ministers spotted gathering at PM Muhyiddin’s residence after Umno announcement

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A vehicle carrying Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri seen entering the residence of Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin in Bukit Damansara at 8.51pm, August 3, 2021. ― Picture by Hari Anggara
A vehicle carrying Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri seen entering the residence of Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin in Bukit Damansara at 8.51pm, August 3, 2021. ― Picture by Hari Anggara

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 3 ― Several vehicles ferrying members of the current Perikatan Nasional (PN) Cabinet members and supporters have been spotted entering Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s housing area in Bukit Damansara, Kuala Lumpur.

This comes after Umno President Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi claimed that enough of the party’s federal lawmakers have signed a declaration to withdraw its support for Muhyiddin and the PN government.

According to news outlet Malaysiakini, among those spotted entering the Prime Minister’s residential area are Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, Attorney General Tan Sri Idrus Harun, Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin and International Trade and Industry Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali.

Others spotted arriving include Finance Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Zafrul Abdul Aziz, Education Minister Datuk Mohd Radzi Md Jidin, Women, Family and Community Development Datuk Seri Rina Harun, MIC President Tan Sri SA Vigneswaran and Bersatu Deputy President Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu.

It is understood that Idrus was the first to arrive at the residence, with the meeting reportedly beginning at 8.20pm today.

The meeting lasted for about four hours, as all those present were spotted leaving the property in their respective vehicles at 12.12am.

Earlier today, Ahmad Zahid announced that Umno would be withdrawing its support for Muhyiddin and PN.

The Umno president told a press conference held after the party’s supreme council met this evening that the declaration letters were presented to the Agong. However, he did not specify when the audience took place.

Ahmad Zahid was flanked by senior Umno figures such as Datuk Seri Najib Razak, Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan, Tan Sri Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah and Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan at the press conference announcing the council’s decision.

Ahmad Zahid said the decision by the council was unanimous. He accused Muhyiddin and his government of defying and belittling the Yang di-Pertuan Agong by failing to abide by his decree that the Emergence Ordinances be tabled for debate in both Houses of Parliament.

The withdrawal of support effectively means Muhyiddin no longer commands the majority in the Lower House.

The PN bloc now has just 104 MPs behind them, eight short of the 112 needed to form a simple majority. There are 107 MPs in the Opposition bench.

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