PETALING JAYA: The amount of time Umno spends talking about Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) clearly shows it feels threatened, said a pro-tem committee member of the new party.
Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman said this was the only logical conclusion despite Umno’s assertions that it is not concerned about Bersatu.
“If we are not a threat, then why do we get a dedicated slot on TV3 almost every day and at almost every single Umno division meeting?
“If we are not a threat, then there is no reason to take us seriously, to the point that we are mentioned over and over again,” the youth activist told FMT.
Syed Saddiq said Umno feared that Bersatu, as the new party, will take away its traditional support base, which are the Malays.
However, he trusts Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s assurance that the government won’t interfere in Bersatu’s registration.
“If there is any sign of interference, it just signifies that Umno is scared and doesn’t follow or respect the country’s democratic process.”
Bumiputera-only Bersatu was formed by 91-year-old Mahathir as part of his ongoing effort to topple Prime Minister Najib Razak and his BN-led government.
The target group, he said, are Umno members and supporters who are unhappy with the way the party is managed under Najib, but are not ready to fully switch over to the Opposition.
Umno leaders have dismissed the party as insignificant, but continue to warn its members against falling for Bersatu’s promises.