PETALING JAYA: Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia will be overly dependent on Umno's support if they decide to cooperate for the 15th General Election, says Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed (pic).
The Johor Umno deputy liaison chief said that Umno should take a different path under a Barisan Nasional ticket as any form of cooperation with Bersatu would be disadvantageous to the party.
"How can Bersatu candidates win when they have lost the large Pakatan Harapan base support from the last general election?
"Now they will be dependent on Umno's votes in the upcoming general election," he said on Tuesday (Feb 23).
Last Friday, Umno supreme council leaders gathered at Janda Baik, Pahang for a retreat to discuss several issues including cooperation with Bersatu and whether the party would contest as part of Perikatan Nasional in GE15.
At the meeting, Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi also addressed the endless speculation over the appointment of a deputy prime minister from Umno.
Nur Jazlan said that Umno should not allow Bersatu to contest any of its traditional seats as it could jeopardise the party's chances of coming back to power at state and federal levels.
The Malaysian Council of Former Elected Representatives (Mubarak) had urged Umno to accept the offer of the deputy prime minister post to avoid a three-cornered fight between Perikatan, Barisan, and Pakatan in the next general election.
Mubarak president Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Rahman said if three-cornered fights occur, Umno would no longer be able to rise again after falling during GE14 and losing its hold on the prime minister post for the first time in history.
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