PUTRAJAYA: Umno's decision to terminate ties with Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia and Perikatan Nasional will have major implications on any future cooperation.
"We view the letter by the Umno president dated Feb 26 seriously.
The contents of the letter will have a serious impact on future cooperation between Umno, Bersatu and Perikatan.
"Bersatu will remain focused on strengthening cooperation with our friends in Perikatan, namely PAS, STAR, SAPP and Gerakan, based on a struggle that is honest and sincere to serve the interests of the people," said Bersatu secretary-general Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin on Thursday (March 4).
Umno had sent a letter, signed by president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, stating that the party supreme council, in a meeting on Feb 19, had agreed not to cooperate with Bersatu in the next general election.
The letter, addressed to Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as Bersatu president and Perikatan chairman, also stated that Umno would continue to support the Perikatan government until Parliament is dissolved.
Muhyiddin chaired Bersatu supreme council meeting to decide on Umno's letter on Thursday.
Hamzah also said that Bersatu is of the view that the Perikatan administration, under Muhyiddin's leadership, remains strong and functional.
"In dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic and a challenging economy, political stability is paramount to ensure that whatever the government has planned can be implemented effectively.
"Bersatu would like to express its appreciation to all political parties that remain loyal to defend the aspirations of the Perikatan government," said Hamzah.