PETALING JAYA: Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi says the party is not in a “dominant” position in Perikatan Nasional and should not demand appointments in the government.
He said there were some so-called “main players” in the party who believed the party should be given “important” ministries or even more places in the administration.
“As party president, I feel the same – but the reality is we are not the dominant party.
"We have to accept this reality. The mentality is as if we are leading the government as before in Barisan Nasional.
“The reality is we are (only) part of the government, although we contributed to its formation with a big number (of MPs) along with PAS.
“We shouldn’t blame those making the decisions or put a burden on their shoulders that we must pressure them to get what we should have.
"I think there must be willpower at the bottom, ” he said in an interview aired on Umno’s Facebook page in conjunction with the party’s 74th anniversary on Monday (May 11).
Umno and Barisan, together with PAS and Gabungan Perikatan Sarawak (GPS), formed Perikatan with Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia and several PKR lawmakers who left their party, in February.
Zahid said that many of the party members did not have the willpower and eventually crossed over to other parties during the 22-month spell when they were part of the Opposition.
He said many party leaders were brought to court on various charges.
The former deputy prime minister is himself facing 47 charges, with 12 of them for criminal breach of trust (CBT), eight for corruption and 27 for money laundering involving funds belonging to Yayasan Akalbudi.
He said that the party did not close the door on negotiations to determine the position of Perikatan in the future, although the coalition was formed only after the Pakatan Harapan government fell.
Zahid also appealed to his party members for a stop to personal political moves as these had created many problems.
He said the party would continue to face other challenges and would be attacked from the outside, but the most dangerous threat was the one within.
“Please stop it. Enough. The road ahead is still very long, ” he said.
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