PUTRAJAYA: Umno does not want Perikatan Nasional to be formalised, but will continue to defend the Perikatan government it is a part of.
Umno believes there is no need for the party to formalise its new relations with Bersatu, at least for now, said sources.
Party sources said this stand was reached at the Umno supreme council meeting on May 4 and was made “in the interest of the party”.
“Reject is too strong a word to describe the situation. We just feel that there is no need to formalise our relations which is working well right now and Umno is already part of the government.
“Furthermore, Perikatan, unlike Barisan Nasional, which Umno is a part of, is not registered, ” the source pointed out.
But the source said this does not mean that Umno is not supporting the Perikatan government or Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s prime ministership.
“We are in full support of this. We are, after all, part of the government, ” said the same source.
It is understood that Bersatu had approached Umno to set up Perikatan.
Another source said Umno wants Bersatu to settle its internal issues first before there could be a Perikatan coalition.
“Bear in mind, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who is Bersatu chairman, does not want to work with Umno.
“So we feel that it is better for things to remain at a status quo with full support given to the Perikatan government” said the source.
Barisan, comprising Umno, MCA, MIC and PBRS as well as its Muafakat Nasional partner PAS, had backed Muhyiddin, who is Bersatu president as Prime Minister, spelling an end to Pakatan Harapan’s administration after 22 months in power.