Malaysia needs a mature electorate that will give its mandate to truly honest and ethical representatives who value the opportunity to serve the people and country and not the other way around.
Battle lines were drawn at last weekend’s Umno general assembly as leaders fight for the survival not just of their political careers, but their party’s as well.
Associate Professor Dr Azeem Fazwan Ahmad Farouk believes Umno will work with anyone as long as it can be part of the government.
Discussions related to ‘severing ties’ with Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) are much anticipated at Umno’s general assembly which begins tomorrow but will not serve any purpose as the party will continue to play second fiddle in the government, says Associate Professor Dr Azeem Fazwan Ahmad Farouk.
Former Titiwangsa MP Datuk Seri Johari Abdul Ghani remains active in the area despite losing in the 2018 GE. He seems eager to contest again to prove his critics wrong but another defeat could see him out of politics for good.
In a bid to strengthen Umno’s position in the Malaysian political landscape, will Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi accept radical changes which include the party president not being prime minister and the formation of a council that will scrutinise the leader of the government?
As Umno faces turbulence while political parties are generally trying hard to entice youths to support them, politicians still disregard the importance of the Youth and Sports Ministry.
Does Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi still have control over the party? Sparks could fly at tonight’s Umno Supreme Council meeting as senior leaders Tan Sri Annuar Musa and Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein break silence over Umno’s direction and goals.
Umno election director Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman says cannot rule out a coalition with PKR and DAP in GE15 but his party will not compromise Malay agenda.
Umno insiders claim a general election will be called soon as the party wants to strike while the iron is hot by riding on Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s feel-good influence before it fades.
Universiti Sains Malaysia’s Dr Azeem Fazwan Ahmad Farouk says it is unwise for the present administration to squabble over prime minister’s position due to their wafer-thin majority in Parliament.
Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin may survive the motion of no confidence but will be tested when drawing up Budget 2021 later this year – when unemployment rates are set to soar and economy is depressed because of Covid-19.
Over 150 Kuala Lumpur Umno members, including grassroots leaders, pledge loyalty to Amanah whose president Mohamad Sabu repeats stand of inclusiveness and being mindful of people’s sentiments.