Zahid backs down from ‘unity government’ idea

Ahmad Zahid Hamidi delivering his policy speech at the Umno general assembly yesterday. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi today said the party would no longer talk about the idea for a unity government with other parties, following criticism of the proposal at the Umno general assembly.

“Unity government issue is closed, okay, as of now,” Zahid told reporters when asked to comment on Rembau MP Khairy Jamaluddin’s call for him to come up with a clearer direction for the party.

Earlier, Umno deputy president Mohamad Hasan told Umno members not to wait for others to invite the party to form the government.

He said Umno should stop dreaming that “someone will come with a bridal gift”.

“But if they do come with a bridal gift, and if they just ask us to be passengers, then no.”

The proposal for Umno to engage other parties has been rejected by Umno Youth chief Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki and his deputy Shahril Hamdan, who said the Malay party should not seek “backdoor entry” to gain power.

Zahid had previously welcomed the idea of forming a unity government with any political party, including PKR.