PETALING JAYA: Umno should shed the notion that it can return to power just on the strength of Muafakat Nasional in the next general election, says former party strongman Tan Sri Rahim Thamby Chik.
He said it was better for Umno to endorse the Perikatan Nasional charter and share power with Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia led by Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
"Umno must make a rational and strategic decision to ensure Malay Muslims remain in power," he said when asked to elaborate on his Facebook post.
He said court cases involving Umno leaders could see detrimental outcomes, which may adversely affect the party's chances of returning to power at the 15th General Election.
"Umno also risks being deregistered, pending petitions filed in court.
"Umno members should not assume that their party is invincible just because it boasts membership by the millions. Umno had been deregistered before," he said.
Rahim, who has joined Bersatu, called upon Umno to review its PAS-only collaboration under Muafakat Nasional.
"For the sake of sustainable Malay unity, Umno should opt to share power with Bersatu and other Perikatan component parties.
"It is timely for all component parties to endorse the Perikatan charter. All those championing the Malay Muslim cause will appreciate this," he said.