KUALA LUMPUR: Departing parties within Barisan Nasional should have held a supreme council meeting to determine the position of Umno in the coalition, said a Gerakan youth leader.
Gerakan deputy youth chief Andy Yong Kim Seng (pic) said in a statement issued Wednesday (June 13) that Barisan doesn’t belong to Umno, as he argued that the coalition is collectively owned by its component parties.
Yong reminded that Barisan was formed in 1973 by the then Alliance Party, which consisted of Umno, MCA, MIC, Gerakan, PPP and several parties from Sabah and Sarawak.
“It was agreed that each component party has a vote in the decision-making process,” he added.
The recent departure of several East Malaysian parties, Yong said, may have overlooked the Barisan constitution.
According to Yong, Clause 12 of Barisan’s Constitution stated that the president of each component parties have one vote for any decision-making process.
“One needs to understand that Barisan doesn’t belong to Umno, but the component parties,” he added.
Yong also admitted that it has been a mistake by component parties to allow Umno to dominate most of the top positions in Barisan, such as the deputy chairman, secretary general and treasurer general position.
“The component parties should decide whether Umno as a whole has proved unable to reform or would the opposite trajectory happen, hence weakening the coalition as a whole.”
On Tuesday, Barisan was rocked by the exit of its four component parties in Sarawak, namely PBB, SUPP, PRS and PDP.
Barisan now has 57 seats left in Parliament – Umno with 54, MIC (two) and MCA (one).
Gerakan has none.
In the last election, it held 133 seats in Parliament.