KUALA LUMPUR – June 10, 2020: Former Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Razak is the latest party strongman to clarify that it has yet to decide on its prime minister nominee should Perikatan Nasional win the next elections.
In a talk-show at Facebook last night, Najib remarked that matters concerning the party’s political direction and GE15 will need to be deliberated first at its annual assembly, due in November, for a decision.
“Whatever that has been agreed has yet to be accepted by the party,” replied Najib to a question relating to what was said to be an earlier endorsement by Umno for Pribumi Bersatu president and sitting Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to continue if the alliance wins GE15.
Barisan Nasional and PAS had agreed to cooperate with Pribumi Bersatu – by forming Perikatan after the latter quit Pakatan Harapan late February, causing the government to collapse.
Through the forum Najib listed several other matters that have yet to be addressed by Perikatan, such as seat allocation and the form of the political front which the alliance will adopt for GE15.
Najib said that at the moment, the people, particularly in the Malay heartland, were more receptive of the Muafakat Nasional aliance comprising Barisan and PAS.
“Pakatan is still too new. Voters are still guessing its direction and whether it will gel well with Barisan and Muafakat. Allocating seats [for GE15], which will be the cornerstone of our election formula, will be difficult to decide,” he remarked.
Pribumi Bersatu originally won only 13 parliamentary seats in GE14 but its total was inflated by defections from Umno and PKR to 32 seats.
Umno currently has 39 seats – a tally that fuelled rumblings among its members and leaders who perceive the party as playing second fiddle to Pribumi Bersatu.