Likelihood of another ‘grand coalition’ of political parties after GE15, says Umno sec-gen

Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan. -filepic

PONTIAN: Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan does not rule out the possibility of another “grand coalition" of political parties to be formed after the 15th General Election (GE15).

The three-term Pontian MP reiterated that the present Perikatan Nasional government was also formed out of a coalition between various political parties.

“This government was not made entirely from Perikatan but also Barisan Nasional and GPS (Gabungan Parti Sarawak).

“However, to win the upcoming general election, another coalition of various political parties could be forged to form a government, ” he added.

Ahmad said this after Tanjung Piai MP Datuk Seri Dr Wee Jeck Seng and himself received their Covid-19 vaccination jabs at the Pontian Health Clinic here on Saturday (March 6).

He, however, reiterated Umno’s position that it would continue to support the present Perikatan government until Parliament is dissolved.

“The important thing right now is we will support the government until dissolution of Parliament as we are still facing the Covid-19 pandemic.

“It is up to the government to do it but until it happens, Umno is still together with this coalition government, ” he added.

Umno had sent a letter, signed by party president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, stating that its supreme council in a meeting on Feb 19 had agreed not to cooperate with Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia 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 give its support to the Perikatan government until Parliament is dissolved.

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