KUALA LUMPUR- The Umno Veterans Club has called on the Barisan Nasional (BN) leadership to dissolve the coalition, saying that it is no longer relevant.
Umno Veterans Club secretary-general, Datuk Mustapha Yaakub, said the BN leadership should dissolve the coalition as the ‘Perikatan’ spirit embodied by Umno, MCA and MIC since independence, no longer exists.
He said it is best that BN is formally dissolved instead of letting its coalition partners withdraw gradually.
“Umno, which has been the main driver for BN, should call for a meeting of the coalition’s supreme council to discuss this,” he told NSTP.
He was commenting of the action of four BN component parties in Sarawak who have since left the coalition. Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg had on Tuesday announced that Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS), Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) and Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) were leaving BN to form Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS).
With the withdrawal, BN is now left with only four component parties which are Umno, MCA, MIC and Gerakan, while MyPPP’s status remains unknown following an internal leadership crisis.
Mustapha said the Umno Veterans Club believes that Umno had all this while “carried” the BN component parties, whom he said were merely riding on Umno’s strength.
“BN was strong because Umno was strong. They feel that Umno is weak because BN failed to form the government as a result of the 14th General Election.
“They forget that Umno has 54 seats in Parliament.
“Who is the weak one here? It’s them, MCA, Gerakan and MIC cannot recover anymore. They can only ride on the success in Malay-majority areas. If there are dissenting voices from MCA and Gerakan to expel Umno from BN, this means they have forgotten history and failed to realise that they were latching onto Umno all this while,” he said.
He said the Umno veterans remained confident that the party can fight on its own to uphold racer, religion and the country.
“What is needed is for Umno to return to its original objective, in line with its slogan Bersatu Bersetia Berkhidmat (united, loyal, ready to serve),” he said.
Mustapha also felt that the withdrawal of BN component parties in Sarawak has paved the way for Umno’s entry into the state.
“In truth, Umno has existed for a long time in Sarawak. Because of objections by PBB, Sarawak Umno had to take a back seat. And now, it is time for Sarawak Umno to spread its wings. We are confident that Sarawak will throw their support behind Umno.”- New Straits Times