Without PN, Umno is still in the opposition ranks

By M FAQIH

WHAT the government calls it now. If previously it was clearly mentioned the National Alliance government (PN). Previously, the government of Pakatan Harapan (PH) and Barisan Nasional (BN).

In fact, there are still those who mention the government PN. However, the Government Support Club (BBC) originally wanted to be known as BBC Malaysia Family. The BBC is chaired by the Pasir Salak Member of Parliament, Tajuddin Abdul Rahman.

Previously, the National Alliance Government Support Club (PNBBC) was chaired by Shahidan Kassim. Shahidan was appointed as Chairman of PNBBC in May 2020.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Chairperson of PNBBC is a member of the Pasir Puteh DPRD, Nik Muhammad Zawawi Salleh.

So what is the name of the government under Ismail Sabri now? If we take into account the BBC format, of course it is known as Malaysian Family Government.

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The presence of the Malaysian Family Government means that the PN and BN Governments no longer exist. Even so, the PN government remains in Perak and Kedah. In Kedah, the title is still in official use.

However, in Perak it is not officially stated whether it is still the PN government or the Malaysian Family.

The current Malaysian Family Government is not just joining BN. More parties outside BN formed the PN government. There is Bersatu, PAS and the Sarawak Coalition Party (GPS). In Sabah, a coalition of the Sabah People’s Coalition (GRS) and BN was formed.

BN only has 3 parties

Before 2018, BN could boast of having 14 component parties. Now BN only has three main parties. BN only has Umno, MCA and MIC.

After GE-14 in May 2018, BN component partners left the coalition one by one. Among them are the United Pesaka Bumiputera Party (PBB), the Sarawak People’s Party (PRS), the Progressive Democratic Party (PDP), the United Sarawak People’s Party (SUPP).

The parties involved left BN on 12 June 2018. They unanimously decided to leave BN. At GE-14, the coalition won 18 parliamentary seats.

The earliest to leave BN was MyPPP led by M Kayveas. The decision was taken on 19 May 2018. Similarly, the Movement also announced the release of BN on 23 June 2018.

The movement was declared a constructive independent party. The decision was made at a meeting of the Central Movement Committee. It takes into account the post-GE-14 political scenario as well as grassroots sentiment.

It’s also strange when BN loses 11 component parties, but it still feels so strong. After winning in style in Melaka and Johor, Umno suddenly felt worthy of being crowned a hero.

UMNO’s heroic attitude was seen when they continued to demand that the 15th General Election (GE) be held immediately.

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And most recently, UMNO President Ahmad Zahid Hamidi used the BN Convention stage as pressure on the prime minister.

On the other hand, Umno was furious when other parties wanted to give Ismail Sabri space to recover the post-Covid-19 economy. It seems that the main leadership of UMNO does not agree with Ismail Sabri’s position.

Ismail’s success in initiating a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the government and the opposition in stabilizing the political climate also seems to be underappreciated.

Likewise, United President Muhyiddin Yassin’s ability to attract support
The Sarawak Party Coalition (GPS) against the previous PN government. Without the PN government, Umno is still in the opposition ranks.

Sarawak Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg has previously expressed support for Muhyiddin’s leadership for future political stability.

GPS has 18 DPR members and is a partner of the PN government under Muhyiddin’s leadership. And GPS also openly supports Ismail Sabri as prime minister.

GPS, which dominates Sarawak, does not appear to have a close relationship with BN. GPS only has an official relationship with PN.

GPS’s relationship with the government is currently only continuing the March 2020 MoU. Without GPS, BN will surely lose 18 seats in Sarawak on GE-15.

Although the revival of Umno has not yet been completed, Ahmad Zahid continues to press for it. This forced Ismail Sabri to promise to immediately arrest GE.

But it’s not easy. Ismail must first obtain cabinet approval. In the cabinet there are representatives of Bersatu, GPS, BN and PAS. Must have the approval of all cabinet ministers before addressing the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

Unfortunately, when the spirit of UMNO was burning and they wanted GE to be held soon, some party leaders were not sure that BN could win big.

Umno is believed to be unable to win 148 seats to form a two-thirds majority. For UMNO Working Council member Azlina Othman, even the best BN can win 100 parliamentary seats.

That does not take into account the momentum in Sarawak, Kelantan, Terengganu and Kedah. In Kelantan, many teachers no longer dared to claim to support UMNO. Meanwhile, before May 2018, many teachers held key positions at the UMNO division level. -HARAKAHDAILY 13/6/2022

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