PETALING JAYA: Umno should be honest to its grassroots members and leaders and state if it has decided to sever ties with Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia and the Perikatan Nasional coalition, says former party secretary-general Tan Sri Annuar Musa (pic).
Annuar said he understood that Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had written to Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin on Feb 26 to inform him of the latest decision made by the Umno supreme council during a meeting in Janda Baik, Pahang.
Annuar said that if Umno had indeed decided not to cooperate with Bersatu in GE15 and if Umno would remain in the government until Parliament is dissolved.
"As a member, we have the right to know whether this is true. If it is, why weren't members informed?
"We want to know if it was rational to make such a decision because the date of the election is still not known yet," he said.
Annuar said the grassroots had raised many questions, including why the decision was not taken to Umno's annual general meeting scheduled to take place on March 27.
Annuar was concerned that the decision to sever ties with Bersatu could be disadvantageous to Umno.
"Because Bersatu, as the government, might no longer cooperate with Umno leaders who have decided to reject Bersatu.
"Not cooperating with Bersatu means not cooperating with Perikatan, that consists of parties such as Bersatu, PAS, Gerakan, Parti Bersatu Sabah and Sabah STAR, among others.
"Does this strengthen or weaken the party?" he questioned.
Annuar also asked if Umno was ready to be part of a new political alignment consisting of its arch enemies DAP and PKR.
"As a member, we are waiting for explanations from our leaders. Our grassroots have been left in the dark for too long without knowing the direction of the party.
Umno veteran Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah had also made a call to sever ties with Bersatu, saying that the party should hold an emergency meeting to decide.
He claimed this was based on the wishes of 147 Umno divisions.