Sources: After hitch in talks with Umno, Perikatan to hold off official launch
A public war of words between top Umno and Bersatu leaders have now also threatened the advantage Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had in the Parliament, especially with only four-seat majority — Picture via Facebook/Muhyiddin Yassin
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 29 — The long-awaited official launch of the Perikatan Nasional (PN) coalition has been postponed because of stumbling blocks in negotiations between Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia and ally Umno, sources have told Malay Mail.
According to the sources that are familiar with the negotiations, Bersatu president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has scrapped a plan to announce the pact during his visit to Kota Kinabalu and Sandakan this weekend in anticipation of the Sabah state election next month.
“The planned announcement was cancelled. The talks failed,” one source told Malay Mail without elaborating.
This comes just a day after Barisan Nasional (BN) component MIC confirmed on Thursday that it had backtracked from its initial decision to join the PN coalition.
MIC president Tan Sri SA Vigneswaran told Malay Mail that the party’s central working committee decided it will not join PN as BN parties did not join the coalition as it previously thought.
BN secretary-general Tan Sri Annuar Musa later explained on Twitter that MIC would not be able to join another political pact on its own, as it is a component of BN.
A public war of words between top Umno and Bersatu leaders have now also threatened the advantage Muhyiddin had in the Parliament, especially with only four-seat majority.
Malay Mail understands that the deadlock is caused by tense seat negotiations between the parties as Bersatu is trying to accommodate the faction led by Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali that has just joined Bersatu in a ceremony last week after defecting from PKR.
The man from Santubong
Gave me such a BIG dong
I yelped and yelled out
Thus really such a shout
At his very hot ding a long
A source who is privy to details in the meetings told Malay Mail that in the latest meeting held on Tuesday at the Parliament administration building, Azmin’s faction, known internally as G-10 for its group of 10 MPs, still cannot find a middle ground on cooperating
Yesterday, Bersatu’s former supreme council member Datuk Rais Hussin took issue with Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Khaled Nordin over the latter’s attack on the former’s party, while Umno veteran Tengku Tan Sri Razaleigh Hamzah has also challenged Umno MPs to quit the Cabinet following Bersatu’s proposal to allow non-Bumiputera members.
Rais Hussin - worthwhile for any party to recruit him
Earlier on Friday, both Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi who is also BN chairman, and Annuar had once again openly pushed for snap general election in order to realign the political power in the country.
With Zahid and Pak Hadi proposing a snap election to "strengthen the government's majority" in parliament, and Ku Li egging UMNO to 'pull out' from the cabinet (because PN will no longer be a Malay Unity government if Bersatu-PPBM accepts non-Malay members, mainly from Ass-binte's faction) I reckon there may be a snap election just around the corner, PROVIDED UMNO does well today in the Slim by-election.
OTOH, if PEJUANG upsets the by-election polling outcome, UMNO will think twice.
But things don't look too bright for the non-Malay Dökkálfar Dwarfs because of Ku Li's reminder to Muhyiddin that if Bersatu were to accept non-Malay members, that will jeopardise the All-Malay PN government.
While I believe Ku Li is not an ultra racist, his seemingly racist words-warning may be a tactic to marginalise and ostracise the treacherous Ass-binte & cohorts from becoming part of a future UMNO-led government.
Well, apart from the backstabbing here and there within PN, wakakaka, UMNO does truly hate Bersatu, seeing Atuk's 2nd created UMNO [III] as the cause of its fall from rule.
Meanwhile, Anwar looks down from Mount Zu, smiling at Ass-binte's quandary and Mahathir's marginalisation from mainstream politics (especially when Atuk's candidate for Slim loses his deposit), wakakaka.