PONTIAN: Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan does not rule out the possibility of another “grand coalition” of political parties being formed after the 15th General Election (GE15).
The three-term Pontian MP noted that the current Perikatan Nasional government was formed out of a coalition of various political parties.
“This government is not entirely made of parties in Perikatan but also those from 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 said when met by the media after he and Tanjung Piai MP Datuk Seri Dr Wee Jeck Seng received their Covid-19 vaccination jabs at the Pontian health clinic yesterday.
He, however, reiterated Umno’s position that it would continue to support the present Perikatan government until Parliament was dissolved.
“The important thing right now is that we support the government until the dissolution of Parliament as we are still facing the Covid-19 pandemic, ” Ahmad added.
On Friday, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia deputy president Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu said the party had discussed Umno’s decision to only work with Perikatan until the dissolution of Parliament, and realised it was not as simple as cutting Umno off completely.
He also said his party had not received the official views of Umno grassroots leaders and its supreme council members.
Bersatu top leaders, including Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, met on Thursday over a letter sent to the party by Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi conveying the party’s decision not to cooperate with Bersatu in the next general election.