Umno and PAS alone are enough to ensure Malay dominance and political stability, said Umno vice-president Mohamed Khaled Nordin.
“Any more and the space is a little bit too crowded,” said Khaled in a statement today.
Khaled said Umno’s mission now was to regain power at the federal level through BN in cooperation with PAS.
This was because Umno was the country’s largest and oldest Malay political party with a mandate to act as a nationalist party that ensured Malay-Muslim political power.
Those who do not believe that there needs to be a Malay party dominating politics are those who are aware that Malay politics is important but do not have any agenda to succeed.
Khaled said Umno has been dominant since independence as a Malay party and the leader of BN and even ensured that its component parties win in Malay-majority areas.
He said even party leaders who lose in elections are often appointed to important positions.
“All this proves that even when Umno is dominant and is the pillar of BN, it has never marginalised BN component parties.
“Instead, Umno’s dominance led to other component parties being accepted, strong and represented in government,” he said.
Elaborating further on the importance of Umno’s dominance, Khaled pointed to how former British prime minister Theresa May was unable to proceed with Brexit because she did not have the numbers.
However, her successor Boris Johnson immediately sought an election to obtain a bigger mandate to bring the UK out of the EU.
“It is the same with Malay-Muslim politics in Malaysia. A dominant Malay party has existed for a long time and cannot be extinguished that easily.
“A dominant Malay party is very important in ensuring political stability. Regardless of whether this statement is deemed sensitive or not, it is the reality,” he said.