The heads of 12 parties in Perikatan Nasional took part in a virtual meeting of the PN presidential council this evening. (Facebook pic)

PETALING JAYA: Two opposition MPs have raised questions over the presence of the Chief Secretary, Mohd Zuki Ali, at a meeting of the Perikatan Nasional presidential council.

“Why was KSN involved in a Perikatan Nasional political meeting?” said Segambut MP Hannah Yeoh, using the Malay abbreviation for chief secretary. “Don’t get civil servants involved in political meetings. Not professional,” she said in a Twitter posting.

Tanjong Malim MP Chang Lih Kang also tweeted that the Perikatan Nasional political meeting involved the chief secretary.

The presidents of 12 political parties attended a meeting of the PN presidential council via videoconferencing this evening. The meeting was chaired by PN chairman Muhyiddin Yassin, who is the prime minister.

Muhyiddin said the meeting was attended by the heads of PPBM, Umno, Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), MCA, MIC. Parti Rakyat Malaysia (PRS), Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP), Progressive Democratic Party (PDP), United Sabah Party (PBS), STAR and Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP).

Muhyiddin said the presidents were given a briefing about the Emergency Ordinance by de facto law minister Takiyuddin Hassan. The chief secretary, Zuki, and deputy health minister Dr Norhizan Ismail also addressed the meeting.

“Various issues were discussed and the leaders were happy with the discussions on the emergency ordinance, managing the emergency, Covid-19 and the vaccination programme that will start in February 2021,” Muhyiddin said in a statement.

Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said later that he had questioned why other countries had managed to reduce the rate of Covid-19 infections without declaring an emergency, whereas Malaysia had done so and the people were increasingly miserable.

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