It’s time BN was dis­solved, says Umno vet­er­ans club

‘Perikatan’ spirit em­bod­ied by Umno, MCA and MIC no longer ex­ists, says Mustapha

New Straits Times - - FRONT PAGE - ROHANIZA IDRIS

THE Umno Vet­er­ans Club has called on the Barisan Na­sional 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 ex­isted.

He said it was best that BN was for­mally dis­solved in­stead of let­ting its al­lies 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 the New Straits Times Press.

He was com­ment­ing of the ac­tion of four BN com­po­nent par­ties in Sarawak, which have since left the coali­tion.

Sarawak Chief Min­is­ter Datuk Pat­inggi Abang Jo­hari Abang 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 left with only four com­po­nent par­ties — Umno, MCA, MIC and Ger­akan. Peo­ple’s Pro­gres­sive Party’s (MyPPP) sta­tus re­mains un­known fol­low­ing an in­ter­nal lead­er­ship cri­sis.

Mustapha said the Umno Vet­er­ans Club be­lieved that Umno had “car­ried” the BN com­po­nent par­ties, which, he said, rode on Umno’s strength.

“BN was strong be­cause Umno was strong. They now feel that Umno is weak be­cause BN failed to form the gov­ern­ment af­ter the 14th Gen­eral Elec­tion.

“They for­got 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 Umno vet­er­ans re­mained con­fi­dent that the party could fight on its own to up­hold race, re­li­gion and the coun­try.

“What is needed is for Umno to re­turn to its orig­i­nal ob­jec­tive, in line with its slo­gan of ‘Ber­satu Ber­se­tia Berkhid­mat’,” he said.

Mustapha felt the with­drawal of BN com­po­nent par­ties in Sarawak had 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 took a back seat. Now, it is time for Sarawak Umno to spread its wings. We are con­fi­dent that Sarawak will throw its sup­port be­hind Umno.”

Datuk Mustapha Yaakub

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