Umno Sends A Clear Signal For Clean Break With Bersatu
The Umno General Assembly 2020 which closed its curtains yesterday saw the party's resolute action in reaching a stand to give the party leadership the mandate to determine when it should withdraw its support for Perikatan Nasional (PN).
This follows the ‘clean break’ decision reached by the Umno Supreme Council to sever political ties with Bersatu in the 15th general election (GE15), which was unanimously agreed by party delegates at the assembly.
The biggest Malay party, which has 3.35 million members, had previously decided to remain with PN government until Parliament is dissolved.
The action was described as something rather shocking at the end of the annual assembly which was held for two days, starting last Saturday.
The assembly this time gave a clear signal that Umno wants to rise again and lead the country.
Political analyst from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) Assoc Prof Mohd Izani Mohd Zain said the action was aimed at putting pressure on the government.
"This assembly is different from before and this time it is more focused on the political strategy that needs to be taken by Umno for its survival," he told Bernama when contacted.
Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi in his winding-up speech at the hybrid assembly attended by about 2,600 delegates said the proposal was brought by several state Umno liaison committee chairpersons who debated the president's policy speech.
Speaking in the same tone, deputy president Mohamad Hasan stressed that if the party decides to leave PN, as proposed by the state Umno liaison committees in August last year, all party leaders should unanimously approve it.
Commenting further, Mohd Izani said he believes that the decision taken by Umno was not a 'full stop', but a 'comma'.
“It is not impossible that the cooperation with Bersatu will be re-established after the election, especially when both parties do not have enough seats to form a government," he said.
Meanwhile, a sociopolitical analyst from Universiti Malaya, Assoc Prof Awang Azman Awang Pawi, said the move would enable Umno, which leads the Barisan Nasional (BN), to contest more seats in GE15.
"If Umno cooperates with Bersatu, at least 50 parliamentary seats will have to be handed over to the party. I think this is a concern for Umno," he said.
Awang Azman said although the assembly was seen to be more dominated by issues related to Bersatu and Muafakat Nasional, those related to the people’s well-being were also highlighted.
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