PETALING JAYA: A political analyst says Umno has the right to feel slighted about the way PPBM treats it as it has got a ‘raw deal’ for the sacrifice it made in the establishment of the administration of Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin.
It had made a sacrifice when it decided to throw its weight behind Muhyiddin and PPBM, who were their former political rivals, former academic Azmi Hassan said.
“But what happened was that, relative to their PPBM colleagues, Umno MPs got a raw deal in terms of Cabinet positions. This is the crux of the frustration of Umno,” he said in response to remarks by Secretary-General Annuar Musa of Barisan Nasional that its members should be realistic and stop making demands.
In the wake of the Sabah election, Umno Deputy President Mohamad Hasan also said the party’s policy and political collaboration did not help the party.
Azmi said that the stance of Annuar seemed to contradict that of other top Umno leaders and grassroots who believe that the treatment of Umno by PPBM in the long run is harmful to the party.
Jeniri Amir, senior fellow of the National Council of Professors, said the remarks of Annuar reflected it split with one camp supporting Muhyiddin and another opposing him and PPBM.
“The views of Annuar do not reflect those of his president and other top leaders, and this makes it appear weak and divided.”
Jeniri said that Umno leaders believed there was sense in wanting to be treated better, while Annuar was right to ask why they only spoke out now.