By Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan
Umno Deputy President
April 25 2020
Ong Kian Ming (DAP’s Bangi member of parliament) in his article published by Malaysiakini on April 24, wrote about the dilemma that Umno faces in Perikatan Nasional (PN) and the possibility of the party leaving it in the next general election.
I wish to comment on only one issue, that is Umno’s position in PN in order for all parties to understand its position and political path clearly.
Umno has never joined PN as it is not a registered political entity, unlike Barisan Nasional (BN).
Umno’s relationship with PN was only an understanding to save Malaysia from the political crisis caused by a certain group in Pakatan Harapan (PH).
It was an understanding to build a government to govern Malaysia because of PH’s failure, nothing more.
This understanding is different from the political cooperation between Umno and PAS that is known as Muafakat Nasional.
This cooperation is managed officially through Piagam Muafakat Nasional and has undergone multiple brainstorming processes, including discussions during the General Assembly before the charter was officially sealed.
Umno also has a binding political cooperation with MCA, MIC, and PBRS through BN, which is a registered political entity.
This means Umno-PAS and Umno-BN have political agreement that is systematic, organised, and binding.
The objective is to build political cooperation and win the election as a coalition.
Even if it is not successful, the political cooperation will still remain functional.
This cooperation is portrayed through numerous activities, projects and political programs conducted together in many different stages to strengthen Muafakat Nasional and Barisan Nasional.
Therefore, Umno will not face any dilemma pertaining its position in PN.
Umno has no agreement whatsoever with PN, PPBM, and GPS.
Umno joined the government solely to support Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as the Prime Minister to solve Malaysia’s political crisis.
As a political party, Umno’s tasks and focus is to prepare the party in order to win the upcoming general election together with Muafakat Nasional and Barisan Nasional.
Umno will continue to be the largest Malay political party in this country and insyaallah, winning the most number of seats in the upcoming general election.
Whatever method Umno chooses to do it, it is up to their discretion and strategy with their ally, PAS and BN.
As the largest Malay political party, Umno must compete in all of their traditional seats and seats that have the highest potential to win.
Umno’s strength is in the ‘Malay Heartland’ areas and it will solidify its influence, visibility, and services in all of those areas.
Insyaallah with the support of millions of party members, Malays, and Malaysians, Umno will work hard to win as many seats as possible.
Only through this, Umno will be able to hold the biggest majority in parliament and lead the government as before.
Anyone who wishes to work together with Umno are welcomed, but it must be done with sincerity and readiness to join Muafakat Nasional or Barisan Nasional.
Umno appreciates the loyalty of their allies in Muafakat Nasional and Barisan Nasional. Anything other than Muafakat Nasional and Barisan Nasional is not strategic for the continuity of Umno.