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Selepas Umno memutuskan tidak akan bersama PPBM dan menyokong Muhyiddin beta ingat kesemua 17 orang menteri dan timbalan menteri daripada Umno meletak jawatan. Atau pun setidak-tidaknya kalau enggan meletak jawatan hanya Menteri Wilayah Persekutuan Annuar bin Musa seorang saja.
Tetapi tidak begitu rupanya, sembilan menteri Umno masih kekal. Mereka menyatakan pendirian masing-masing kepada Muhyiddin apabila Muhyiddin memanggil untuk menemui mereka semalam, demikian menurut Zahidi Zainul Abidin yang juga anggota MT Umno dan timbalan menteri.
Apabila semua menteri dan timbalan menteri itu mengambil pendirian demikian menjelaskan mereka tidak mendapat mesej penuh daripada PAU kelmarin. Kalau mereka komited dengan keputusan parti mereka tidak akan terus mengekalkan kedudukan itu, sebaliknya segera berhenti.
Disini boleh kita faham bahawa perjuangan mereka demi perut mengatasi demi menjaga maruah parti. Mereka lebih penting gaji dan elaun yang mana jika dikumpulkan dalam tempoh lima bulan mendatang mereka akan pungut antara RM300,000 hingga RM500,000. Sayang weh....Itulah nilai dan harga diri para menteri dan timbalan menteri daripada Umno.- msoKluster mahkamah yang pengecut...
Memang pun Menteri UMNO tidak berani letak jawatan takut hilang kuasa dan jawatan..Memang sudah sah UMNO hendak dapat kuasa saja bukan untuk selamatkan kerosakan negara dibawah pemerintahan kerjaan pengkhianat PN.- Reformasi Rakyat
No PPBM, No Anwar, No DAP...
Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, the president of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), has spoken – the party will not work with opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, Democratic Action Party (DAP) or Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu or PPBM) in the next general election. He declared – “There are no discussions with any of these parties, officially or unofficially.” The “No PPBM, No Anwar, No DAP” mantra was expected at the two-day UMNO annual general assembly on Sunday (Mar 28). What else do you expect him to say? Do you expect him to tell the UMNO delegates, and rivals PPBM president Muhyiddin Yassin and PAS president Hadi Awang, about the secret strategy to form the government after the next general election? In short, Zahid plans to lead the party, which had dominated the politics and ruled the country for 61 years since independence in 1957 until its stunning defeat in the May 2018 General Election, on a solo mission under the Barisan Nasional (BN) banner. UMNO arrogantly believes it could do better than the previous 14th General Election.
The fact that invited VVIP guests – PAS president Hadi Awang and his lieutenants – were pressured, warned and insulted to the extent that Hadi had to be escorted out under heavy security speaks volumes about the increasing distrust and hostility between UMNO and PAS. Hadi was unhappy after Zahid said UMNO’s decision not to work with Bersatu in the next election is “final”. Anyway, it’s about time the love triangle involving UMNO, PPBM and PAS comes to its final episode. Parasite PPBM wants UMNO because PAS is weak nationally. However, UMNO only wants PAS because that’s how the alpha male could dominate again. But the prostitute PAS wants to have threesome – PPBM has the money, while UMNO has grassroots and machinery.
UMNO’s decision to sever ties with Muhyiddin’s party has been met with a threat – if UMNO contests all seats, PPBM will do the same too. Actually, Muhyiddin pretended to be brave, hoping Zahid would blink and chicken out. While the prime minister will certainly contest all seats because he controls the purse strings and has nothing to lose when push comes to shove, his party will be annihilated.
PAS too tried to play poker with UMNO. But the radicals and extremists in the Islamist party were lousy poker players. When PAS secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan started babbling about some silly love story – “I may have lost someone who didn’t love me, but you lost someone who truly loved you” – you know the PAS fake holy men are panicked and distressed over UMNO’s decision. There’s a reason why UMNO had ruled for 61 years, but PAS had never won more than 20 seats in the Parliament until it joined the Opposition coalition Barisan Alternatif, when it captured 27 seats in the 1999 election. Even then, the Islamist party was riding on the public’s anger over Anwar Ibrahim’s sacking as Deputy Prime Minister by the country’s then-Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. Prior to the “Reformasi” protest movement, which began in 1998, PAS’ best performance was winning 13 seats twice, in 1959 (as opposition) and 1974 (as part of governing BN coalition). It only hits the 20-figure again in 2008 (23 seats) and 2013 (21 seats) when it was part of Opposition coalition – Pakatan Rakyat – of which it later quit for a mere RM90 billion bribe offered by former PM Najib Razak.
After the corrupt terrorist Hadi ditched Pakatan Rakyat and went solo, the party won only 18 seats in 2018, despite contesting more than 150 parliamentary seats. This is why UMNO looks down on PAS. The only reason why UMNO wants PAS is because of its “Islamic” credential to hoodwink gullible Malay-Muslims, the same way a prostitute flashes cleavage to distract people.
UMNO was getting very annoyed over PAS’ fence-sitting attitude, happily bending over for both UMNO and PPBM. UMNO wants PAS to become its only bitch or mistress. But if Hadi ultimately chooses Muhyiddin, then UMNO will fight PAS, as indicated by veteran UMNO politician Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah. And it appears UMNO is prepared for the worst. UMNO’s 75th annual general assembly on Sunday was perhaps the first time as far as people can remember that it did not play the race card. It was incredible that neither DAP nor the ethnic Chinese became the punching bag this year, a deviation from its usual SOP (standard operating procedure). But Zahid took advantage of the assembly to play religious card – against PAS.
In preparation to go solo without PAS, its sole partner in the glorified “Muafakat Nasional”, an alliance set up in Sept 2019 under the pretext of “Malay Unity”, Zahid said UMNO will amend the Federal Constitution to “empower” Shariah law. To do that, however, UMNO must win back its super two-thirds majority, which it lost in the 2008 General Election under Abdullah Badawi administration.
It was a clever trick to steal some Islamic thunder from PAS and at the same time, lure Malays to vote for BN in droves. You can expect UMNO to hammer PAS during the coming election campaign of how the latter had failed to defend the Malays, Muslims and Islam because it conveniently forgot to push for “RUU 355”, popularly known as a new Hudud Law.
But UMNO knew it can never win back its super two-thirds majority. It also has very little appetite to chopping people’s hands and legs, as envisioned by PAS extremists. It just wants to create a false perception that UMNO can be as Islamic, if not more, than PAS. As foreign investors flee the country at industrial scale, UMNO understood the consequences of creating a Taliban government. - FT
The Umno-Bersatu showdown...
The Umno general assembly has resolved to quit the PN government, and party president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and the supreme council will decide later an exit date. For the time being, Umno and Bersatu will go separate ways. We can't tell for sure whether the two parties will be friends again in future for their own interests, but we feel such a possibility is quite slim, because Umno will invariably have to play second fiddle to Bersatu if it were to stay in the PN coalition.
Ahmad Zahid has earlier said that the cooperation between Umno and Bersatu will only last until the dissolution of the current parliament, and that BN will not work with Bersatu come the next general election. Meanwhile, PN president cum prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin has also asserted that if Umno refuses to compromise on seat allocation, PN will field candidates to contest all 222 seats in GE15. Looks like no side is prepared to back down at all.
If the standoff is to go on until the next election, the fight is going to be of unprecedented intensity, as the three major political camps PN, PH and BN are poised to come down in full force to seize the crown. No party or coalition will have the absolute edge. Even though these rival camps might have opted not to work together before the election, that doesn't mean they are not going to form a joint government after that. Where this is concerned, Ahmad Zahid has made his stand very clear: BN will adopt an open attitude and is willing to negotiate with any party to form a new government.
It is a last ditch effort for Umno to break ranks with PN and fight the election war alone under BN. If the party were to remain in PN, it will be hard for it to fight for the seats it has wanted alongside Bersatu, PAS and Azmin's camp. In the last election, of all the 222 parliamentary seats up for grabs, Umno fielded 120 candidates and won 54. In the next election, it is impossible for PN parties to set aside 120 seats for Umno so that it has the chance to stage a huge comeback. To put it plainly, Umno is today only a chess piece to reinforce the PN government. Umno will eventually get marginalized if it stays put.
Lebai caught in the middle...
By exiting PN, BN/Umno is actually making the cake significantly larger so that BN can contest all the 222 seats, giving different intra-party factions as well as young politicians an expanded platform to perform. They won't get the chance if they just sit there waiting for Bersatu to distribute the seats to them. With the exit from the PN coalition, BN/Umno will then get the opportunity to vie for a bigger share of the political cake. Even if it may not have the absolute advantage in three-cornered fights vis-à-vis PH and PN, at least it will get the bargaining chip in the negotiations to form a joint government at a later stage.
In the last election, Umno alone secured 20.9% of all the votes. If the worst is already over for Umno, there is always this possibility of the party making a significant comeback in GE15, provided that party leaders now holding ministerial posts in PN administration do not turn against the party. That said, it is inevitable that some pro-Muhyiddin leaders in Umno may turn to support the ruling coalition. By the way, if the PN coalition eventually collapses, it is unavoidable for the Malay vote bank to split into three parts, and PH is perceived as the biggest beneficiary of such division.
In the 2013 general elections, Pakatan Rakyat won 50.8% of the popular vote (including 14.8% from PAS). In the 2018 election, PH under Tun Mahathir clinched 48.3% of support (including 6% from Bersatu), while Umno secured 20.9%, and PAS 16.6%. Apparently, barring any dramatic shift in the support pattern, PH is expected to get 35%, Umno 21%, PAS 17%, and Bersatu only 15-20% given its eroded strength now.
PH, BN (Umno/MCA/MIC) and PN (Bersatu/PAS) are in for tightly fought three-cornered fights that will give the PH a slight advantage but not enough to claim the prized federal administration. In the end, GPS of Sarawak will very likely be the ultimate kingmaker. - Sin Chew Daily
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