UMNO’s choice to collaborate with Pakatan Harapan (PH) demonstrates that the party is mature and capable of adapting to the current scenario, said UMNO Wanita chief Datuk Seri Dr Noraini Ahmad.
“Joining forces with PH also proved that the party placed the nation’s interests above its ‘ego’,” she added.
Prior to the 15th General Election (GE15), UMNO stated unequivocally that it would not collaborate with PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim or its traditional opponent DAP.
Noraini told UMNO Wanita delegates at their general assembly today that UMNO is not a party resistant to change, nor is it a racist party.
Moreover, Noraini recalled how UMNO members responded with shock, disappointment and concern when Barisan Nasional (BN) decided to join the unity government.
“But, putting aside personal sentiments, the fact is there is wisdom in being a strategic partner in the unity government,” noted Noraini.
According to her, UMNO was no longer the dominant party in the country and had to reach a compromise with other parties, especially in the coming state elections.
“The party would not contest every seat.We need to compromise in order to secure victory for the unity government that we all support.”
Meanwhile, UMNO President Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi reminded party members Wednesday that the party is no longer the dominant political force in Malaysia that it once was.
“The party must be prepared to do the groundwork and seize every opportunity that arises during the state elections,” added the Bagan Datuk MP.
UMNO won 26 of BN’s 30 seats in the GE15, its worst-ever election performance. – June 8, 2023
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