PETALING JAYA: Sabah Barisan Nasional chief Bung Moktar Radin has hit out at MCA for calling on BN chairman Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to resign as the coalition’s leader.
In a statement, Bung said there was no reason to urge Zahid to step down, adding that MCA should reflect on why it only won two parliamentary seats out of the 44 it was given to contest in the general election.
The Kinabatangan MP added that MCA only won those two seats, Ayer Hitam and Tanjung Piai, because those constituencies had many Malay voters.
“Look in the mirror first before making a decision (like calling on Zahid to resign). We in BN remain calm in facing the current situation, don’t make it worse.”
Earlier, MCA secretary-general Chong Sin Woon said Zahid had acted “completely out of line” by sending a letter to the King stating that all 30 BN MPs were backing Pakatan Harapan chairman Anwar Ibrahim as prime minister.
The letter, which has since gone viral, was confirmed as authentic by MIC president SA Vigneswaran.
Chong also revealed that last night’s BN meeting saw a proposal for Mohamad Hasan to replace Zahid as BN chairman.
He maintained that the BN chairman was no longer fit to continue leading the coalition, reiterating that Mohamad should replace Zahid in the top BN post.
Umno president Zahid has been urged to resign following BN’s dismal performance in the general election, in which the former ruling coalition only won 30 seats. Pakatan Harapan secured 82 seats while Perikatan Nasional won 73.
Among those who have called for Zahid’s resignation are Umno leaders Khairy Jamaluddin, Shahril Hamdan, Noh Omar and Johor menteri besar Onn Hafiz Ghazi.
Earlier today, Zahid denied claims that he had resigned as BN chief and Umno president after a picture of his purported resignation letter went viral.