Photo op among UMNO leaders causes tongues to wag

PUTRAJAYA: Photos of five UMNO officials uploaded on social media are in great demand, especially when the party is facing problems, including its request to the Civil Service Bureau (ROS) to postpone the election. , which is still pending.

Attention has also been drawn to UMNO, particularly its vice president and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, who is said to have signed an agreement with Perikatan Nasional last year.

Pictures of UMNO President Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and the party’s four highest office holders were posted on the Facebook and Instagram pages of Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin, one of the three vice presidents.

Khaled uploaded two photos of the five of them sitting around a coffee table, with Ismail Sabri sitting next to the party president.

“Umno’s top 5 images. Every meeting is conducted with respect, and discussions are open. Our understanding is in the interests of our country and our party.

“Any talk of conflicting or disunited groups or top leadership is untrue,” Khaled wrote.

The five referred to Ahmad Zahid, vice president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan and vice presidents Ismail Sabri, Khaled and Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid.

When asked about the photos he uploaded, Khaled quipped, “There is a hidden message in there. What is the message, I will not tell.

“But nothing, really. We just wanted to take pictures.”

Khaled said the five of them had not had a meeting in a long time.

“We discussed many things related to the party. Yes, we discussed elections, preparations, our engines and other things,” he said.

When asked if the meeting discussed a possible date for holding national elections, the UMNO vice president did not commit.

At UMNO’s general assembly in March, Ismail Sabri said the top five leaders would make a decision on the party’s intention to push for early elections.

The current parliamentary term ends in July 2023.

After the 2018/2021 term ended on 30 June last year, UMNO postponed its party elections for 18 months, meaning the vote for the 2021/2023 term must be held before 30 December this year.

However, the general assembly in March agreed to postpone party elections.

An extraordinary general meeting was then held in May, where 2,586 delegates voted in favor of a motion to amend the party constitution to postpone the vote.

Umno applied to amend the party constitution but has yet to receive a response from ROS.

Separately, Perikatan Nasional said it would send a delegation to meet with the Prime Minister to discuss implementation of the terms of the agreement signed between them.

Citing disappointment over what he claimed was a lack of determination and commitment to fulfill what had been agreed, coalition Secretary General Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin hoped the meeting could be held soon.

Hamzah said the matter was decided at a meeting of the Alliance’s highest council on Wednesday evening.

“We will send a delegation to discuss the implementation of the terms of the agreement soon,” he said in a statement.

According to reports, an agreement was signed between Alliance Chair Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Ismail Sabri in August last year.

The deal includes the appointment of a deputy prime minister from Parti Indigenous Bersatu Malaysia.

Muhyiddin stepped down as prime minister on August 16 last year.

Hamzah also said that the meeting discussed the Alliance convention which will be held on August 27 to coincide with his second anniversary, as well as the launch of the Terengganu Alliance tomorrow.

“The meeting also resulted in several important decisions to improve readiness for GE15,” he said.

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