PETALING JAYA: Umno MPs who go against the party by backing the Perikatan Nasional government risk having disciplinary action taken against them, a party leader warned.
The leader, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said Article 20.8 of Umno’s constitution lists what is required of each member, while Article 20.9 stipulates the actions that can be taken against members who breach the party’s constitution and code of conduct.
Article 20.8, the leader said, states that members must toe the party line and adhere to its decisions
“The constitution is also clear on adherence to the code of conduct and realising the party’s policies.”
The warning comes in the wake of two Umno MPs – Idris Jusoh and Ismail Abd Muttalib – declaring that they would continue to back Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s leadership.
Umno had two days ago withdrawn its support for the PN-led government, with party president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi also disclosing that several of its MPs have signed statutory declarations that they have retracted support for Muhyiddin.
It is understood that Ismail, who is the deputy housing and local government minister, has since been issued a show cause letter.
The source’s comments also echo the sentiment of two division leaders who warned MPs to toe the party line and abide by the decision of the Supreme Council, the party’s highest authority.
The decision to withdraw support for PN came barely a month after Umno officially retracted support for Muhyiddin as the prime minister.
It has since left Muhyiddin’s administration in limbo with claims he has lost majority support. Umno has 38 MPs including those who are part of the Cabinet.
Pakatan Harapan has 88 MPs and Pejuang four, with the opposition coalition and the Dr Mahathir Mohamad-led party steadfastly against PN.
Muhyiddin, however, insists he still commands the majority and has promised that his government will table a motion of confidence in the Dewan Rakyat next month to test his majority.