Nazri said he signed the SD as Mahathir had planned to dissolve Umno
KUALA LUMPUR – Saving Umno from being dissolved by Mahathir Mohamad was Padang Rengas MP Nazri Aziz’s priority when he signed the Statuary Declaration (SD) to support Anwar Ibrahim as the prime minister in 2020.
The Star on Monday (27 June) reported that Nazri has since admitted to signing the SD as he heard Mahathir had planned to dissolve the Malay nationalist party.
“I was the Barisan National secretary-general, so I wanted to save Umno. One of the ways is, that I called Anwar because the agreement was for Dr Mahathir to be the prime minister for two years before he passed the baton to Anwar.
“So I went to see Anwar, I told him ‘Datuk Seri, when you become prime minister, don’t dissolve Umno’.
“Nazri ‘Umno is Pak Ibrahim’s (Anwar’s Father) party, so I won’t dissolve Umno’,” Nazri was quoted by the English daily as saying.
He further clarified that not all Umno lawmakers signed the SD, and he had tried to convince his colleagues to do the same.
“However, not every leader agreed to sign the SD. There were only four or five of us who signed the SD.
“We signed the SD to save Umno, so it is true but in the end, Dr Mahathir didn’t give the position to Anwar so the SD expired,” he said.
On Monday (27 June) media reported as the controversial lawmaker Tajuddin Abdul Rahman had in a press conference alleged that 15 Umno MPs had signed the SD to support Anwar including himself.
The Pasir Salak MP alleged that the list of the 15 MPs who had signed the SDs at the Tamu Hotel in Kampung Baru here included Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Pekan MP Najib Razak, and Nazri Aziz.
Tajuddin also alleged a movement to topple Zahid from his post as Umno president back in May 2020.
The PH administration fell in February 2020 after former ally Bersatu under former prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin had joined forces with Umno and PAS to form the Perikatan Nasional government.
It was reported in December 2020 that at least 10 Umno MPs had signed the SD and Anwar was ready to show that he had the command of the majority of Parliament to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, but nothing came out of it.
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