Azalina: New party is proof of ‘coup plot’

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BERA: The formation of a new political party led by former Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin shows that there was an internal movement out to replace the leadership of the country last year, said Umno Supreme Council member Azalina Othman Said.

She said the establishment of the party had proven allegations that details of cabinet and Umno supreme council meetings were leaked to be true.

“Probably attempts to topple Prime Minister Najib Razak through Umno failed, so they tried to go through the opposition, but the opposition too rejected them so they now have to go with their own party,” she said.

Azalina, who is also a Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department told this to reporters after the opening of the Bera Umno division delegates’ meetings.

Azalina said she was not worried about the new party, as she was confident that Umno members maintained strong discipline and have their sights on the party’s victory in the coming election.

“That is his right. In a democracy anyone can set up a party, but it is up to the people if they want to support this kind of leadership … I believe the people are wise enough to judge.

“It is different today compared to 10 years ago. With sophisticated information technology, people can evaluate politicians and their motives. The important thing is they will choose representatives who can solve their problems like from Barisan Nasional and Umno,” she said.

Azalina added it had been proven that splinter parties of Umno could not last for long, referring to Semangat 46, which existed from 1988 to 1996 and disbanded after its leaders returned to Umno.

Two days ago, the media reported that several former UMNO leaders had formed a committee in support of former Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad who mooted the idea of a new party. Muhyiddin is expected to be the pro-tem president.

Others believed to be in the committee are former Kedah Menteri Besar Mukhriz Mahathir;former Umno grassroots leader Akramshah Sanusi and student activist Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman, according to expelled Langkawi Wanita Umno member Anina Saadudin.