KUALA LUMPUR (July 8): UMNO will not join forces with Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu), said by the former’s president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
Ahmad Zahid stated that they cannot accept any offer from any political party or party leader that is in a group with DAP. The latter carried an ideology of “Malaysian Malaysia” which is unacceptable by Umno and Barisan Nasional.
On Friday, Bersatu chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad calls out all Malay political parties to come together under the Bersatu banner, in an effort to unite the Malays.
Among others who were prompted by this move is Bersatu youth chief, Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, who is also the Youth and Sports Minister. He issued a personal invitation via Twitter to his predecessor, Khairy Jamaluddin (BN-Rembau), to join Bersatu.
Khairy quickly released a statement to the reporters and said that he would be sticking with Umno, stating, “I am happy where I am”.
Former Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein (BN-Sembrong) urged Umno’s top leaders to not dismiss Dr Mahathir’s open call out of hand, if it can unite the Malays.
It is known that the offer was issued to UMNO at the party level, but this would also encourage other parties in Pakatan Harapan to approve the move. He urged his party colleagues to give the invitation some serious consideration in the interest of their community, not letting the pride to dictate matters.
Meanwhile, PKR Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (PH-Port Dickson) was also asked about his comment on Dr Mahathir’s invitation. He said that it was Bersatu’s decision to bring in other Malay parties and it was within Dr Mahathir’s right as Bersatu leader, to extend the invitation. He also adds that the move is up for discussion when top PH officials meet.