KUALA LUMPUR: Umno is not willing to play second fiddle to any party that wants to work with it, says deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan (pic).
He said Umno cannot be a party that is merely used to fill up quotas or the number of seats needed to form a government.
“No party or individual can tell or direct Umno on how and who we should negotiate with to form a government. Umno shall decide and must be allowed to show its mettle as a political party without sacrificing its interests," he said.
Mohamad said that this means that Umno must not gamble any of its seats.
“Umno’s seats are Umno’s seats. It must not be relinquished just so that others can get a lifeline, ” he said when opening the meetings of the party’s Youth, Wanita and Puteri wings on Saturday (March 27).
He then added that the importance of the ummah and unity of the Malays has been Umno’s crusade for decades.
“The unity of ummah and the Malays must be led by Umno. It should not be used to fish votes by political deceivers that do not have the mandate despite being in power, ” he said.
Mohamad added that the approach to be taken by Umno is to “Work with Barisan Nasional” and this should be a slogan for the party to explore strategic cooperation without political consensus and conditions that is narrow and not beneficial.
“The 'remaking of Malaysia' can only happen if Umno and Barisan wins the election. That is why this should be our priority now. We must forget all inconsequential and immoral political strategising. We move forward in our own way, ” he said.