KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 4 – Party President Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi opined there is no basis to extend the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between the government and the Opposition.
He said it should cease accordingly to agreement.
The Umno General Assembly has recently decided that the general election should be held in accordance with the MoU that has been signed between the government and the Opposition, which is the time lag determined at the end of July and subsequent dates.
“To respect the MoU, we do not want an MoU 2.0. It’s enough.
“In the wind-up speech (during PAU), the President, Deputy and the first Vice President have decided that the general election would be held after the King was advised by the Prime Minister,” he said.
For the record, the Federal Government and Pakatan Harapan (PH) had on Sept 13 last year signed an MoU on Transformation and Political Stability. It covers six items, namely the Strengthening of the COVID-19 Plan, Administrative Transformation and Parliamentary Reform, Independence of Judicial Institutions, the 1963 Malaysia Agreement (MA63) and the Establishment of the Steering Committee.
The government also agreed not to propose the dissolution of Parliament before July 31 this year.
Zahid is also confident that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob who is the party Vice President will follow the General Assembly decision.
“This is in accordance with the decision made by the ‘top five’ (President, Deputy President and three Vice Presidents) and will carry the mandate given by the delegates to us to make a decision.
“Decision by the ‘top five’ will be brought to the Supreme Council and the proposed date is for the King to give his consent,” he added.
The 2021 General Assembly also decided to postpone the party election for six months after the 15th General Election (GE15).