Annuar: Govt has done no wrong, will challenge ex-leaders

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KUALA LUMPUR: Umno will use facts to counter allegations made by the party’s former leaders, said its Information chief Annuar Musa.

He said the Barisan Nasional-led government and Umno remain undaunted by the allegations made by former Cabinet members and opposition leaders.

“Any political action must be fought politically. We must have courage, we don’t need to fight back with character assassination or defamation as the government is on the right side.”

He told this to reporters after attending the Federal Territory Umno leaders’ information tour with the grassroots here yesterday.

Annuar was commenting on the action of former Cabinet members Muhyiddin Yassin, Mohd Shafie Apdal and Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah, who questioned some of the government’s decisions, especially relating to 1MDB, when debating the 2017 Supply Bill in the Dewan Rakyat last week.

He said Umno members should not be influenced by the opposition’s political methods, which were contrary to the culture and religions of the country.

He also said he was ready to debate with the former ministers, and asked them to take up his challenge.

“Don’t use the parliamentary immunity lamely. At least be a good Member of Parliament and allow other representatives to ask questions and engage in a positive manner, not just do monologues,” he said.

Asked whether legal action could be taken against the former ministers for disclosing government secrets, Annuar said it was up to the Attorney-General to decide.

He said no one was exempted from any legal action if they committed an offence.