Umno MPs told Azmin their party has lost its direction, says Dr M

Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad addresses the Malaysia Future Leaders School Alumni Convention at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia in Bangi today.

BANGI: Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said several Umno MPs met with PKR’s Mohamed Azmin Ali on Monday to tell him the party has lost its direction.

Mahathir told reporters this today when asked about the meeting at Azmin’s residence.

“They don’t know what they should do (next). So they asked if they should join another party or not.”

He said some of the MPs told Azmin that they supported his (Mahathir’s) leadership.

Mahathir had addressed the Malaysia Future Leaders School Alumni Convention at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) earlier.

Azmin, the PKR deputy president and economic affairs minister, was reported to have met 22 Umno MPs and a few PKR MPs at his official residence in Putrajaya on Monday night.

Asked for his views on the meeting, Mahathir said it was within Azmin’s right to “meet people”.

“If his party does not agree, they should inform him. He is not part of my party,” he said.

On a proposal by Umno leaders for Mahathir to form a unity pact with Umno and PAS so that he could remain in power, the prime minister said those who did not support him could pass a resolution of no confidence against him.

“I will abide by the rules,” he said.

“All I know is that PAS supports me, (if) Umno also wants to support me, thank you. I don’t know who else does not support me,” he said.

Mahathir was also asked about his meeting with PKR president Anwar Ibrahim yesterday, after Anwar said there was a discussion on several ministers abusing their powers by giving away projects.

“That is what Anwar told me. But Cabinet ministers have the right to give away projects but it has to be within their own constituency,” he said.

He also said he would not interfere in any conflict among PKR leaders as it was their “internal issue”.

On today’s Cabinet meeting, Mahathir said it discussed “issues faced by the country and ways to solve them”.

He also said there was no discussion on any Cabinet reshuffle.