IT WAS UNDERSTOOD that the majority UMNO divisions which completed their meeting yesterday rejected the cooperation with Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu).
It seemed like the grassroots of the party had solidly rejected Bersatu with over 180 out of 191 divisions voted against the coalition.
The amount is clearly more than the projection of UMNO Supreme Council Member, Datuk Dr. Mohd Puad Zakarshi who earlier estimated 145 divisions would reject Bersatu.
The Ketereh, Putrajaya and one division in Perlis were the only ones seen to be supporting the collaboration with Bersatu.
In Ketereh, its Division Chief, Tan Sri Annuar Musa clearly stated his support for the partnership with Bersatu and said that success would not side Perikatan Nasional or Muafakat Nasional if UMNO decides to go solo.
On an extreme end, the Pagoh UMNO Division itself said that they wouldn’t give an easy path for Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to contest in the Pagoh Parliamentary constituency, despite it was against the decision made by the Johor UMNO which supported Muhyiddin to remain in Pagoh for GE15.
The Perak and Selangor UMNO on the other hand did not want to reclaim their party seats which was taken away by its former leaders who joined Bersatu.
The voices of objections from the majority of the grassroots started after the UMNO Youth Chief, Datuk Dr. Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki slammed Bersatu for ‘stealing’ UMNO members.
He also mentioned the name of Bersatu’s Secretary-General, Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin as one of those involved in the movement.
The issue became heated after the Padang Rengas UMNO Division Chief, Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz raised the issue again, claiming that Bersatu was paying a handsome sum of money to UMNO members who want to open branches for Bersatu.
However, most of the divisions appreciate UMNO’s good relationship with PAS which was sealed through the Muafakat Nasional (MN) as they believe that their coalition is good enough to rule the country after GE15 without Bersatu.
Nevertheless, some divisions in Terengganu rejected the cooperation with PAS as they wanted to seize the state government on their own.
It seemed like the majority decision by UMNO had put PAS in a dilemma as the party wanted to be with Bersatu in the Perikatan Nasional coalition.
UMNO’s official decision would only be decided by its Supreme Council Meeting which would then lead to the PN Presidency Council Meeting.
Does UMNO truly want to divorce Bersatu and ruin its relationship with PAS?
Or, these urges from UMNO are merely a warning to Bersatu so that they would not bully UMNO again if they want the existing government to remain after GE15?
Is UMNO ready to see Pakatan Harapan ruling the country again if their divorce from Bersatu is proven a mistake? –MalaysiaGazette