UMNO mahu bentuk
Entah apa mimpinya, Umno tiba-tiba membuat ‘pengumuman’ mahu membentuk kerajaan perpaduan.
Idea itu dilontarkan Presiden Umno sendiri Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi menjelang penamaan calon Pilihan Raya Kecil (PRK) Port Dickson yang menyaksikan Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim mewakili Pakatan Harapan dan Perhimpunan Agung Umno (PAU).
“Kami terbuka (tubuh kerajaan perpaduan) sebelum atau selepas Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim jadi Perdana Menteri.
“Perundingan dengan mana-mana parti tidak ada tempoh atau had masa kerana sesuatu keputusan memerlukan persetujuan sepenuhnya pihak satu lagi,” katanya lapor media.
Bagaimanapun, ‘tawaran’ Zahid itu ditolak oleh kepimpinan utama Pakatan Harapan sendiri.
Anwar selaku Penasihat PKR berkata, idea kerajaan perpaduan antara Umno dan mana-mana parti dalam Pakatan Harapan (PH) adalah tidak releven.
Tegasnya, perkara itu juga tidak pernah dibincang atau dicadangkan dan menegaskan bahawa komponen Pakatan Harapan kekal dengan parti gabungan sedia ada iaitu PKR, DAP, Amanah, Warisan, PPBM.
“Keputusan kita dalam PH untuk membolehkan kita melonjakkan ekonomi, menyusun negara. Jadi tidak berbangkit cadangan lain, kita tidak bincang, keputusan kita kekal dengan PH.
“Tidak ada cadangan sedemikian (kerajaan perpaduan), bagi saya ia tidak relevan untuk dibincangkan. Kita komited dengan PH, tidak perlu apa-apa perbincangan,” katanya kepada media.
Beliau berkata demikian selepas majlis Wacana dan Pelancaran buku tulisan Sasterawan Negara Datuk Dr Anwar Ridhwan di Institut Terjemahan dan Buku Malaysia (ITBM) semalam.
Dalam perkembangan berkaitan, Presiden PPBM, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin berkata parti itu juga menolak pembentukan kerajaan perpaduan bersama Umno yang disifatkan tidak munasabah sama sekali.
“Faktanya, PH sudah menang majoriti di Parlimen dan sudah menubuhkan kerajaan manakala UMNO kalah walaupun mereka memiliki sejumlah kerusi di Parlimen.
“(Penubuhan kerajaan perpaduan) tidak munasabah sebab rakyat menolak UMNO dan mereka tidak mendapat kepercayaan rakyat lagi terutama dengan isu membabitkan rasuah dan salah guna kuasa,” lapor media selepas mempengerusikan mesyuarat pimpinan tertinggi BERSATU semalam.
Timbalan Pengerusi DAP, Gobind Singh Deo pula berkata, DAP tidak akan bekerjasama dengan Umno sama sekali.
“Itu apa yang Zahid sebut, tetapi setakat mana yang saya tahu dalam HARAPAN tidak ada sebarang keputusan dibuat mengenai perkara itu.
“Pada saya, saya boleh sebut bagi pihak DAP kita tidak akan bekerjasama dengan Umno sama sekali dan kita tidak akan bekerja dengan mereka.
“Saya rasa Dr Mahathir pun dah sebut dengan cukup jelas dan kita mendukung pendirian itu,” kata Gobind. – Roketkini.com
Why Zahid Desperately Wants Members To Believe There’s A Unity Government...
A month later in June, still licking his wound and with his tail between legs, UMNO acting president Zahid met the 93-year-old man whom he had insulted and mocked with regards to his Indian ancestry – calling him the son of Iskandar “Kutty”. Despite kowtowing, begging and crawling to the old man to be included in the new government, Mahathir told him to fly kite.
The next month (July), PM Mahathir congratulated Zahid for being elected as the new UMNO president, but declared – again – that the Government will not work with the defeated and badly bruised party. The premier said – “Congratulations, this means he is loved by UMNO, and I congratulate him, but we will not work with them.”
By August, the new UMNO president was fabulously devastated and demoralized. UMNO’s account was still frozen. Zahid has become not only the first UMNO president who isn’t the prime minister, but also the first to be opposition leader, as well as the first party leader without funds to feed the party with contracts and “dedak (animal feed, used to describe bribes)”.
This month alone, like a broken record, Mahathir said his Pakatan Harapan coalition government will not accept UMNO into its fold. The premier said – “If they (UMNO) want to work with PKR, no way we will accept them into Pakatan Harapan (as a component party).” That was before he flies away to New York for UN General Assembly.
But even in New York, he has to repeat himself again. Predicting UMNO’s death, Mahathir told all and sundry at a meeting with members of the United States Council on Foreign Relations – “UMNO is fragmented now, it is going to collapse. There’s no future for UMNO anymore, because the people as a whole detest UMNO.”
Mahathir was so sick and tired of telling UMNO leaders to go jump in a lake that his deputy Muhyiddin Yassin, despite his illness of cancer, felt sorry for his boss and has come out to rubbish the formation of the unity government. Muhyiddin said – “UMNO plus (Pakatan Harapan) is never viable, because people have rejected UMNO and Pakatan know that we won, and UMNO has lost, because people have no more trust.”
How many times does Mahathir need to repeat himself that UMNO will not be accepted, before he gets so annoyed and irritated that he might sue Zahid for sexual harassment (*grin*)? In fact, he has made more statements rejecting UMNO than he has assured the people that prime-minister-in-waiting Anwar Ibrahim will take over as the 8th Prime Minister of Malaysia.
So, which part of “UMNO is Game Over” that Zahid and his lieutenants don’t understand? It’s incredibly amazing that the UMNO president has reduced himself to such desperation level that he pathetically goes down on his knees – begging to be screwed. Who on earth wants to form a unity government (with opposition UMNO) when they are already in the government?
To be fair, Mahathir should give Zahid a medal for his perseverance to be accepted as part of the ruling coalition government. As the clock ticks, now Mr. Zahid said UMNO hopes it can form a unity government with “any party” within Pakatan Harapan as soon as possible. This means UMNO is no longer being choosy and is willing to work with even Chinese-based DAP.
Yes, it appears that the mighty UMNO Malay nationalist party – despite its so-called 3 million members and winning 4 million votes in the May 9 polls – isn’t that strong after all. The corrupt organization crumbles without the need for it to be declared illegal by the Registrar of Societies (RoS). In reality, however, Zahid wants to scam UMNO members, probably for one last time.
The UMNO general assembly, which opens this evening, has no parallels in the history of the party. As their new president, Zahid has been extremely nervous as he will be facing over 5,000 delegates who have been running around like headless chickens after the stunning downfall. He needs to feed them with “a hope” – propaganda that UMNO would be back in power.
Hence, the sales speech that UMNO will form a unity government with Pakatan Harapan. Zahid hopes to calm the delegates with a fake hope to prevent a chaotic assembly – probably a chair-throwing meeting – which could seal his fate. The unity government idea is to distract delegates from the bigger issue of reforming and revitalizing the paralysed UMNO.
Its worth to note that former deputy prime minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had only won 95 divisional votes against Khairy Jamaluddin’s 51 and Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah’s 25. That’s less than 50% of UMNO 191 division’s support. The only reason why UMNO hasn’t gone down to the bottom of the sea is the sinking ship is too huge to go under just yet, but it’s sinking nevertheless.
DAP, one of four component parties making up Pakatan Harapan, has also rejected UMNO’s wet dream of joining the government. Only PKR supremo Anwar Ibrahim has been rather vague in his rejection of accepting Zahid and his minions. But what about the strong rumours and speculations about an internal power struggle between Mahathir and Anwar?
Anwar will be the dumbest person on planet Earth if he makes the first move to form a unity government with UMNO. Even if Mahathir doesn’t retaliate, the voters will definitely punish PKR and send the family of Anwar, Azizah and Nurul to oblivion – for betrayals. Anwar can only make his move “after” Mahathir made his move. But so far, Mahathir has clearly said UMNO is not welcomed.
What Mahathir actually wants from UMNO is its pool of ordinary members, not its tainted top leaders. With people strongly behind the old man, a unity UMNO-PKR-PAS government is doomed to fail. And both Anwar and Zahid knew it. That explains why Zahid has revealed that he had a second meeting with PM Mahathir Mohamad recently, but none with Anwar Ibrahim.
Zahid knew that in a remote possibility of a unity government with Pakatan Harapan, which isn’t going to happen, he has to get the blessing from Mahathir first. Unfortunately, the prime minister has shut the door in Zahid’s face for such fantasy to materialize. Still, it did not stop Zahid from milking the rumours to at least scam the 5,000 UMNO delegates from rebelling against his weak leadership. - ft