Umno will not be able to withstand the “Malay tsunami” wave that is now sweeping through the heartlands that used to be its strongholds, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia president Muhyiddin Yassin said today.
As Umno embarks on its annual party division meetings, Muhyiddin said in a statement, he could sense that its senior leaders were becoming increasingly nervous and they retaliated by using the platform to launch attacks on him and Bersatu.
“What I described as a ‘trust deficit’ by the Malays towards Umno is happening fast.
“I believe that this wave of Malay distrust will evolve into a Malay tsunami in the 14th general election and will witness a change of government in its aftermath,” said Muhyiddin, who pointed out that thousands of people attended Bersatu’s Hari Raya open house in Malacca, the state dubbed as Umno’s next stronghold after Johor.
“That is why Umno leaders like Zahid Hamidi, Khairy Jamaluddin and Razali Ibrahim are seen to be increasingly worried. They were my friends when I was in Umno before,” said Muhyiddin, a former Umno deputy president.
Among others, he cited Zahid’s threat last Saturday to expose Bersatu chairperson Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s shameful past if Mahathir continued to criticise the government’s leadership.
DISAPPOINTED IN KHAIRY
Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) president Muhyiddin Yassin has expressed disappointment with Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin.
The former Umno deputy president said he had “high hopes” for the Youth chief when he was still in Umno.
Muhyiddin was responding to Khairy’s call on former prime minister and Bersatu chairperson Dr Mahathir Mohamad to retire from politics.
On the contrary, the Bersatu president said, Khairy should instead be urging Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak to step down.
“Asking an opposition leader who has no powers to retire is not a form of courage. Asking Najib, who has all the powers in his hands, to step down is the true symbol of courage.
“Do Khairy and the Umno Youth leadership still possess the idealism? Or has the Youth wing lost its idealism due to being infected with the ‘cash is king’ virus?” Muhyiddin asked in a media statement today.
The term “cash is king” is often used by Najib’s detractors, especially Mahathir, to accuse the prime minister of using financial rewards to win support.