KUALA LUMPUR: It is now up to Umno members to evaluate the decision made by the party's supreme council to terminate cooperation with Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, says Tan Sri Annuar Musa.
The former Umno secretary-general said it was now clear the decision had been made and it was up to members to see if it was the right one.
"It was never conveyed to the grassroots. If it is decided that Umno will not work with Bersatu, party divisions need to know and not be kept in the dark.
"This cannot just be a 'secret' between two party presidents," he said after attending an event in Salak Selatan on Thursday (March 4).
He also said that this was not the right time to make such a decision as the date for the general election was not known.
"Like it or not, Bersatu and Umno are part of the current government.
"When we create a situation where it seems as though we are going to 'divorce', this will only create unrest," he said.
Annuar was commenting on Thursday's statement by Bersatu secretary-general Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin who acknowledged Umno's decision to terminate cooperation with Bersatu in the next general election.
The letter, signed by Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, stated that the party's supreme council had decided in a meeting on Feb 19 not to cooperate with Bersatu in the next general election.
The letter, addressed to Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as Bersatu president and Perikatan Nasional chairman, also stated that Umno would continue to give its support to the Perikatan government until Parliament is dissolved.
Hamzah said that the party's supreme council would discuss the matter later Thursday with other Perikatan Nasional component parties PAS, Sabah STAR, Sabah Progressive Party and Gerakan.