UMNO No Longer Wants to Collaborate with the Prime Minister of Malaysia
UMMATIMES - The largest political party in Malaysia, UMNO, on Sunday, March 28, 2021, declared that it would no longer cooperate with Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin in the next election. The UMNO statement shows the depth of the conflict.
UMNO is currently involved in a coalition with the Malaysian Government. Prime Minister Muhyiddin has only served as the number one man in Malaysia for 13 months, but he is already faced with strife and challenges to Anwar Ibrahim's Malaysian opposition leadership.
The Malaysian economy is currently shaken by the Covid-19 pandemic which has an impact on the country's economy. The UMNO party or United Malays National Organization has become the largest group in Muhyiddin's government alliance. However, some leaders at UMNO did not like it if the party became the second fiddle in the government, so they called for early elections.
In the Malaysian government, Muhyiddin's power in parliament is few. Prime Minister Muhyiddin belongs to the Malaysian Indigenous Peoples Party.
In January 2021, he declared a national emergency so that his government could focus on fighting the Covid-19 pandemic. Many of the criticisms directed at him claim that Muhyiddin actually did this to keep him in power.
UMNO chairman Ahmad Zahdi said the UMNO Party would run in the elections as part of the Barisan Nasional alliance. However, UMNO did not cooperate with any party.
"We will not be part of the National Alliance as a party. This resolution is final, ”said Zahid, Sunday, March 28, 2021.
Malaysian elections are supposed to be held in 2023, but UMNO continues to exert pressure. Prime Minister Muhyiddin previously said he would hold an election as soon as possible because it felt safe even though Malaysia was being shrouded in the Covid-19 pandemic. It's just that, until now, the date for the election has yet to be decided. Zahid also said that the timing of the elections was still unclear.