Look here – no expiry date on MoU, says Annuar

(FMT) – Cabinet minister Annuar Musa, a signatory to the political agreement between the government and Pakatan Harapan, has posted a copy of the document to show that there was no “expiry date” as claimed by his colleagues in Umno.

Umno leaders have been stepping up calls for an early general election to be called. They have said there was no reason to delay elections, claiming that the MoU would expire on July 31.


However, Annuar has stated that the MoU contained no expiry date. He said the July 31 date in the agreement was in relation to the dissolution of Parliament.

“For those who like to write but are too lazy to read or research, or just purposely want to twist facts, please read the MoU clearly,” he said in a Facebook post today, aiming at his detractors.

Article 2 says the agreement remains in force until Parliament is dissolved, while Article 3 says the government undertakes not to dissolve Parliament before July 31.
“Please review Article 2 and Article 3 of the MoU. I was one of the people representing the government who signed the MoU,” he said.

He said his critics had shown that they argued out of enmity, not on facts, “doing something to show our strengths, but in fact only showing our own weaknesses”.

Annuar, a former member of the Umno Supreme Council, is the communications and multimedia minister in Ismail Sabri Yaakob’s Cabinet, which includes MPs from Barisan Nasional, Bersatu and PAS.

Ismail’s governing coalition has the support of Barisan Nasional (42 seats), Perikatan Nasional (51), GPS (18), PBM (2), PBS (1) and four independents. The opposition comprises Pakatan Harapan (88), Warisan (8), Pejuang (4), PSB (1) and Muda (1).

Earlier today, Selangor BN information chief Isham Jalil said Umno regarded the MoU as expiring on July 31, with the prime minister to follow suit since the Supreme Council had also decided so.

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said there would be no delays in calling for the general election and would confer with Umno’s top leadership about a suitable polls date.