“Najib’s claim of UMNO wanting to wrest Mersing from PPBM suggests UMNO has no plans whatsoever of partnering with PPBM during the general election”
Raggie Jessy Rithaudeen
كڽاتأن نجيب ڤتاندا امت جلس وجود مسئله انتارا امنو، ڤڤبم، محي الدين
Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak may just have sent a clear signal that frictions exist between Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) and Barisan Nasional’s UMNO.
Responding to a statement by PPBM Member of Parliament Abdul Latiff Ahmad, Najib seemed to speak on behalf of UMNO president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi when saying UMNO would take the Mersing parliamentary seat back from PPBM.
Najib was referring to Latiff’s claim that UMNO was no longer popular in Sabah. The remark was made at a forum and showcased in a video that has since gone viral.
Najib noted how Latiff had switched camps from Barisan Nasional to PPBM soon after Barisan lost the 14thgeneral election.
But according to Latiff, people in Sabah did not refer to switching camps as ‘jumping’, merely migrating.
“Now UMNO is not popular. (The) UMNO I mean is UMNO Sabah.
“That is the reality because people are not confident. All those who have jumped have migrated to PPBM,” Latiff said.
Latiff is presently the Minister of Rural Development in Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s cabinet.
While Barisan Nasional has confirmed its support for Perikatan Nasional, it has refused to consider itself a member of the yet to be registred ruling coalition and has yet to officially announce its partnership with PPBM during the upcoming general election.
PAS, on the other hand, has reiterated its commitment towards Perikatan Nasional and has stated in no uncertain terms that it would contest in the 15thgeneral election as Perikatan Nasional partner.
Najib’s claim of UMNO wanting to wrest Mersing from PPBM suggests UMNO has no plans whatsoever of partnering with PPBM during the general election.
Not only does this bring into question UMNO’s commitment towards Muafakat Nasional, it seems to suggest that Team A is at loggerheads with Muhyiddin and the latter’s party, PPBM.
Najib is the chief protagonist of Team A.