KUALA LUMPUR: Umno has decided that it will continue to support the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government.
In a statement, party president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said Umno urges the pact to hold fast to its principles of cooperation based on honour and political consensus.
"(However) the Umno working committee council maintains its decision to not work with PKR and DAP," he said.
Ahmad Zahid also recommended that the National Reconciliation Initiative, or the National Peace Agenda (Agenda Perdamaian Nasional), be immediately implemented by mobilising all political parties in the PN government, as well as Opposition parties.
Umno, he added, also upholds the King's decision not to proclaim a state of emergency.
"To Umno, the decision, which was also discussed by the Malay Rulers' Council, was a wise one that also brings relief to the people.
"We (also) fully support His Majesty's decree to stop any form of tension through a political ceasefire, to ensure the country's political stability."
He said the party suggested that the government take a more inclusive approach in its administration of the nation's affairs, going beyond different ideologies to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic, and its negative impact on the economy and the people.
Ahmad Zahid said this after chairing a four-hour long meeting with the party's top brass at Umno's headquarters here, on Monday night.
Earlier, he had also attended an emergency meeting with Barisan Nasional leaders to discuss the position of the coalition in the PN government and its support for Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
On Oct 13, the party's political bureau had considered withdrawing its support for PN, saying that it would lay out new conditions should both sides proceed with their political cooperation.