I heard of Azmin’s meeting with BN MPs, says Dr M

Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad at the International Palm Oil Congress and Exhibition 2019 in Kuala Lumpur.

KUALA LUMPUR: Dr Mahathir Mohamad says he “heard” of last night’s meeting between Economic Affairs Minister Mohamed Azmin Ali and a group of Barisan Nasional (BN) MPs, although he is in the dark about what was discussed.

“I heard about it. I don’t know what they talked about,” he told reporters after launching the International Palm Oil Congress and Exhibition 2019 here.

Yesterday, sources told FMT that a group of BN MPs met with Azmin at his residence in an attempt to thwart any moves to force Mahathir out of office.

The gathering, said to be “just a dinner meeting”, was attended by former Umno vice-president Hishammuddin Hussein and about two dozen others.

Azmin’s ally, PKR vice-president Zuraida Kamaruddin, who is housing minister, and party colleague Kamaruddin Jaafar, MP for Bandar Tun Razak and deputy transport minister, were among those seen leaving the house later in the night.

The meeting came in the wake of Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) disastrous outing at the Tanjung Piai by-election on Saturday, when the BN candidate, Wee Jeck Seng of MCA, was elected with an overwhelming majority of 15,086 votes.

Immediately after the election, a flurry of political commentators began calling for Mahathir to make way for PKR president Anwar Ibrahim, as agreed by PH before the 2018 general election.