By S. Harrish
UMNO’S ordinary members are against Bersatu joining the Muafakat Nasional pact due to deep differences in the run-up to the 14th general elections.
Umno deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan said the party’s grassroots have not forgotten Bersatu’s attacks against their party when the two parties were rivals prior to the elections.
He also said the matter should have been put before the Umno supreme council rather than leaving the matter to the MN steering committee.
“For Umno, we need to get the mandate from the supreme council, as it is the highest decision-making body in the party.
“It is no different to when we decided to form MN with PAS, as the final decision was made by the supreme council,” he was quoted as saying by FreeMalaysiaToday.
Mohamad said the feedback he received from grassroots members showed a general rejection of Bersatu.
“Many Umno members still remember the insults, disparaging and disrespectful remarks hurled at us, and still feel hurt.
“My presence here as deputy president is because of the grassroots, so their interests must be looked after,” he said.
Umno president Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi had also tweeted that the views of Umno’s grassroots would be considered before MN finalises its decision on Bersatu’s entry but did not elaborate.
Former Umno president Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad formed Bersatu in 2016 after he left Umno following a failed campaign to have the Malay nationalist party remove Datuk Seri Najib Razak as the prime minister.
Bersatu went on to attack Umno as corrupt and complicit in Najib’s 1MDB scandal, which eventually led to Umno and Barisan Nasional being voted out of power.
Zahid had also said that Umno will not formally join Perikatan Nasional.
Last Sunday, BN secretary-general Tan Sri Annuar Musa said Bersatu’s entry into MN was provisionally approved.