UMNO’S apparent split was caused by those frustrated for not getting Cabinet positions following the party’s return to power last year, claims Umno secretary general Tan Sri Annuar Musa, in a Facebook post.
The Federal Minister also listed seven reasons contributing to the party’s current split as well as personally questioned what went wrong in Umno and received answers.
When the protégés were in Government and the leaders were left out, it created two clusters, Annuar pointed out.
“Since the court cases are not working in favour of the accused, some in the party felt the Government did not offer any help,” Annuar remarked, alluding to several Umno leaders facing graft charges.
He further claimed there were two separate “secret meetings” last year involving Umno and Pakatan leaders, with an alleged agenda to topple the Perikatan Nasional (PN) Government under Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
According to Annuar, a new movement was launched to urge Umno divisions to reject cooperation with Bersatu in GE15, with the upcoming Umno AGM set as a platform to carry out the plan, after a failed attempt to “pull the rug from under PN” and change the PN-led Government.
“The new alignment veered towards cooperation with Pakatan while the original alignment is to stay with PN. As a result, the two different thought alignments clashed between the leadership and divisions,” the Federal Minister explained.
It was reported last year that 147 of the 191 Umno divisions had rejected cooperation with Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) in GE15 and would only support the Muhyiddin’s Government until Parliament is dissolved.
Furthermore, Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said recently that his party will not cooperate with PPBM in the next general election. However, Perlis and Sabah Umno chapters have pledged to work with Bersatu. – March 21, 2021