An Umno Youth leader has accused Bersatu of secretly luring MCA and MIC to join Perikatan Nasional.
Exco member Fadzmel Fadzil (above) claimed that the attempts to persuade them to leave BN have angered the Umno grassroots.
“We set up the PN government together but they are luring (MCA and MIC) behind Umno. We all know, they tried to get MIC into PN but to no avail.
“I think at least two to three times MCA was offered to join PN without Umno’s knowledge. We all know that Umno, MCA and MIC are together (in BN). What is the rationale behind all of this?” he asked.
Fadzmel revealed this during a webinar titled ‘The political scenario after Umno general assembly’, organised by the Kuala Lumpur Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH) last night.
Fadzmel represented Umno Youth chief Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki who could not attend due to an urgent party meeting.
The other panellists were MCA Youth vice-chairperson Chua Hock Kuan and Gerakan secretary-general Mak Kah Keong, with KLSCAH chief executive Ooi Heng as the moderator.
After Fadzmel raised the matter, Ooi asked Chua whether it was true.
“I was not lured. I do not know about this,” Chua replied.
The Kelantan MCA chief said the party’s central committee had already decided to remain with BN and use its logo in the 15th general election.
In August last year, MIC decided not to join PN and this was reportedly based on Umno’s own decision not to join the ruling coalition.
During the Umno general assembly last weekend, several leaders including party president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Pahang Menteri Besar Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail and Perak Menteri Besar Saarani Mohamad, had claimed that Bersatu attempted to lure and bribe Umno leaders.
Meanwhile, on Umno cutting ties with Bersatu in the upcoming GE15, Chua said the decision will certainly affect BN’s direction in the future.
“Umno can make their decision. But for BN, this decision must go back to the supreme council to discuss.
“Since we contested under the BN flag in the last GE, and BN previously has decided to support the PN government en bloc, therefore Umno’s decision must be brought to the BN supreme council to discuss and decide as well,” he added.
Chua said he believed the matter will be discussed in the next BN meeting since Zahid is also the coalition president.
Last weekend, the Umno AGM empowered Zahid and the supreme council to decide on an exit date from the PN government.
Zahid had said the party will make a withdrawal if Bersatu decides not to call for a general election until the current Parliament’s term ends in 2023.
He also said that BN has decided to go into GE15 on its own.
Retrieved from Malaysiakni