PETALING JAYA: Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia leaders have hit back at Umno over their decision to reject any tie-up with Perikatan Nasional in the next general election, saying that they are not their political enemy.
Bersatu vice-president Datuk Seri Ronald Kiandee said it was Umno’s choice (to sever ties) and Bersatu cannot do anything about it.
He said it was strange that Bersatu was made the punching bag at the party general assembly.
“Umno’s political enemy is not Bersatu but Pakatan Harapan, ” he said yesterday.
Kiandee, who is Agriculture and Food Industries Minister, however told Bersatu members to continue working hard and fulfil the needs of the people by ensuring that every government programme such as Prihatin, Penjana, Permai and Pemerkasa benefits the people.
“The people are tired of the politicking and want a government that will assist them amid the Covid-19 pandemic, ” he said, adding that efforts to topple the Perikatan Nasional government was not the people’s priority.
During the party general assembly 2020 on Sunday, Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said they were firm in rejecting any tie-up with Perikatan Nasional in the next general election.
He said the decision not to work with Bersatu came not only from the Umno supreme council but also from the grassroots, with 124 divisions wanting a break-up.
Bersatu Srikandi chief Datuk Seri Rina Harun said the wing would always stand firm behind Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to face the 15th General Election and was prepared to contest all seats.
She said the wing would continue to uphold the party’s principles of prioritising unity and harmony among the multiracial and multireligious Malaysians, preserving political stability and national security, and steering the country towards sustainable economic growth in the best interest of the people and the country.
She added that healthy politics and the creation of a sense of peace and harmony for the people were very important in ensuring public order and economic stability, especially when the country was facing the threat of the global coronavirus pandemic.
“As such, all forms of provocation and attempts to rattle political stability in the country must be stopped.
“This is the time to put the people first, especially in the implementation of the various economic stimulus initiatives announced for the people’s well-being, such as the Prihatin, Penjana, Permai and Pemerkasa, ” she said in a statement.
Rina, who is Woman, Family and Community Development Minister, added that the Perikatan government under the leadership of Muhyiddin, who is Bersatu president, would continue to focus fully on the safety of the people, public health and economic growth towards a prosperous Malaysia.