The UMNO Supreme Council meeting was held at the UMNO headquarters on Saturday (27 August) around 8 pm. However, what caught the netizen’s attention was the vehicle parked in the basement of the PWTC building.
Pictures of an armoured vehicle have since gone viral online with many raising questions about its presence here.
According to FMT, the armoured vehicle was said to have escorted the prime minister’s car to the UMNO headquarters. It is also believed that the armoured vehicle is a mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicle.
Earlier on the same day, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri did not attend the UMNO president’s special briefing session as he was attending a programme in Pahang.
While the prime minister is always accorded a full security detail, the presence of the MRAP certainly raises questions.
“Is this really necessary?” an UMNO member was quoted as saying by The Vibes.
While the PM is always accorded a full security detail, the presence of a Mine Resistant Ambush Protection (MRAP) vehicle in the WTC parking lot has certainly triggered the curiosity of passers-by.— TheVibes.com (@thevibesnews) August 27, 2022
“Is this really necessary,” said an Umno member who wished to remain anonymous. pic.twitter.com/wgE5Bn4Tpq
Meanwhile, on social media, some netizens guessed there could be an “internal war” or “something is about to happen soon”.
“Maybe PDRM received information on threat towards the PM… just guessing. First time seeing this,” a netizen said.
“The threat is real”, another netizen was quoted as saying.
During the briefing, it was reported that when Ismail’s name was mentioned in the special briefing session, the 3000-strong crowd in the World Trade Centre jeered and booed.
It is believed that the party members were dissatisfied with Ismail Sabri as they thinks he is incapable of defending the party’s interests. Some even questioned why he was not in attendance to show his support.
Meanwhile, Zahid assured party members that he will continue to push the party’s demand for an early election.
Zahid also said that an early election was necessary as the current government led by Ismail Sabri was “hybrid” and therefore unstable.