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Umno eyes return to dominance in GE15 to restore Westminster system, says veep Khaled

JOHOR BARU: Umno is aiming to re-establish itself as a dominant party in the 15th General Election (GE15) and return the Westminster system of governance to the country, says Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin.

The Umno vice-president said under that system, only the biggest party with the most parliamentary seats can form a government.

“Only a strong party that has a majority of seats (to assure stability) can form a government,” he said in a statement on Sunday (Dec 5).

He was responding to comments by Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin on the dangers of having a dominant political party ruling the country.

Khaled added that Bersatu only won 13 seats in GE14, but its leader was given the chance to become prime minister.

“Maybe it’s because of that, they felt that they were in a secure position even though they needed support from Umno,” he said, adding that he wanted to see how many seats Bersatu would win in GE15.

He added that Muhyiddin had become unclear in his statements after being ousted as Prime Minister and the loss of Perikatan Nasional in the recent Melaka state election.

“His statement on the danger of having a dominant political party is irrelevant. He claimed that it would only give power to an individual and not the party as a whole.

“He probably forgot that he was removed from his prime ministerial post as Bersatu was not a dominant party in the Perikatan Nasional government.

“It was because of the small number of Bersatu seats that the government he led crumbled easily,” said Khaled.

He also said the political instability in the country for the past 42 months was due to the absence of a dominant political party.

“This has caused many MPs to jump ship and gamble their seats to form a government.

“The country has never seen a betrayal of the people’s trust of such magnitude.

“It only occurred after Pakatan Harapan and subsequently Perikatan Nasional formed the government that such cheating became the norm,” he said.

Muhyiddin was earlier reported to have said that having one dominant political party ruling the country is dangerous and that the Barisan Nasional era had shown how such a system led to systemic rot in Malaysia.

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