PETALING JAYA: Umno’s relationship with Perikatan Nasional is merely based on an understanding with other parties to restore a working government because of Pakatan Harapan’s failure, a party leader said today.
Umno deputy president Mohamad Hasan said that Umno did not join PN, as the coalition was not a registered political entity unlike Barisan Nasional, a formal coalition comprising Umno, MCA, MIC and PBRS.
“Simply put, it’s an understanding to form a government and administer Malaysia due to Pakatan Harapan’s failure and nothing more than that,” he said in a statement after an opposition MP had predicted it would leave the ruling coalition.
Perikatan Nasional comprises PPBM, PAS, Umno-BN and minor parties and was formed after the PH government collapsed in February, a little less than two years after ousting BN at the 2018 general election. PH collapsed after PPBM pulled out of the coalition.
Mohamad, better known as Tok Mat, said Umno’s understanding with PN was different from its political cooperation with PAS. The alliance, known as Muafakat Nasional, was guided by an official charter, he said.
The political cooperation between Umno, PAS and within BN was structured and was aimed at winning the election as an electoral coalition. “Even if it does not succeed (at winning power at elections), the political cooperation would be maintained,” he said.
He rejected any contention of Umno facing a dilemma regarding its position in PN. The agreement to be part of PN was “merely to join the government to support Tan Sri Muhyiddin as the prime minister to resolve the country’s political crisis.”
PPBM president Muhyiddin Yassin became the country’s eighth prime minister in March after securing a Dewan Rakyat majority with the support of MPs from Umno-BN, PAS, and others.
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