Anwar: Azmin never learnt his lesson, Umno to crack the whip on its errant MPs

Anwar: Azmin never learnt his lesson, Umno to crack the whip on its errant MPs

KUALA LUMPUR: Some people just never learn their lesson despite getting severely rebuked, said PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

He was commenting on reports that several Barisan Nasional (BN) leaders had a secret meeting with PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali yesterday.

“Some of our friends still don’t get the message despite the humiliating defeat suffered in the Tanjung Piai by-election recently.

“Azmin should explain to us about the meeting, which took place merely two days after we lost Tanjung Piai,” he said.

Yesterday, about 22 MPs from both BN and Pakatan Harapan were reported seen at Azmin’s residence in Putrajaya.

Umno supreme council member Datuk Lokman Noor Adam accused Sembrong MP Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein of masterminding the meeting and lodged a report with the party disciplinary committee.

However, Hishammuddin dismissed Lokman’s allegation and welcomed a probe on the matter.

Anwar, who also Port Dickson MP, urged Azmin to attend PKRs political bureau meeting tomorrow and explain the matter as the situation had set tongues wagging.

“If it was a meeting in his capacity as a minister, why weren’t other MPs invited? Does he have a hidden agenda? Azmin must explain all this,” said the former deputy prime minister.

On a related matter, Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said that the party’s disciplinary committee would launch an investigation into Umno MPs who attended the secret meeting with Azmin.

He said that many Umno leaders were unnerved by the meeting, saying it was going against party policy.

“Many Umno leaders are unhappy with what transpired. In principle, the party supreme council had decided long ago that party leaders and elected representatives must act based on collective responsibility or en bloc.

“So, it is important for Umno leaders, especially our elected representatives, to strictly adhere to the decisions made.

“In the end, we must respect Umno grassroots and the people’s decision,” said the Bagan Datuk MP.

By Fifi Harteeny Marzuki and G Vinod