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Commentary: UMNO has tumbled from its peak of energy

The “undeclared” UMNO MPs face a wrenching selection: Spurn their Supreme Council or forfeit the comforts of incumbency. By unconfirmed counts, most of them leaned in the direction of PN.

Maybe Zahid has belatedly realised that his plan to exit from PN might spur an exodus of MPs from UMNO as a substitute. He berates the “frogs” – native parlance for party-hoppers – fleeing from the ranks of his “python”.

If sufficient UMNO MPs defy the occasion line, one in every of two issues might outcome. They might mount a coup to eject Zahid and his cluster from the occasion management or the occasion altogether. Or the rebels might merely be a part of Bersatu.

Each situations are fraught with problems. Each will lengthen UMNO’s long-running trajectory of dismemberment that went by feuds, expulsions and defections.

The second state of affairs would full what Dr Mahathir Mohamad started after the 2018 normal election. He needed to disable UMNO by attractive its “untainted” MPs to bolster Bersatu’s energy.

He schemed to switch, because it have been, an outmoded Malay nationalist mission from a defeated occasion to a fledgling one.

At a crucial second in February, when Mahathir refused to work with UMNO as a celebration, a Muhyiddin-led Bersatu faction dumped Mahathir and shaped PN with UMNO’s help. As so typically occurs when politics is dominated by plots and intrigues, what goes round comes spherical.


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