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BN 'Concept' Needs To Change, Says Puad Zarkashi

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KUALA LUMPUR: The current concept of Barisan Nasional (BN) is no longer viable as some component parties are only relying on the strengths of other parties.

Umno Supreme Council member Datuk Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi said, when one party relies heavily on others, including for election machinery, grassroots support and finances, then there would naturally be feelings of dissatisfaction among members of the stronger party.

Therefore, he said, it would be better if each BN component party just rely on its own strengths, and only decide what parties to ally with to form governments after the next general election.

“The sharing of power via seat distribution (for general elections) has been a big problem for BN of late as there are parties which are, in truth, not strong, such as Gerakan.

“What more in the context of Sarawak, where it seems the local factor was what led to the win in the 14th general election. Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia and PKR are not strong in Sarawak and (with the four BN component parties leaving the coalition) I believe that DAP will suffer the consequences in Sarawak and even Sabah when the next election rolls around,” he said.

Puad told this to the New Straits Times Press when asked to comment on Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS), Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) and Sarawak United Peoples Party (SUPP) leaving BN to form a new coalition of local parties called Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS).

He said the four parties’ decision to leave came as no surprise as they were worried about their own survival if they rejected the “mood” of the people who believed that local parties would be more effective in looking after the welfare of Sarawakians and Sabahans.

Asked if Umno would consider spreading its wings to Sarawak, he said he did not as it would be a waste of time as Sarawakians preferred their own, local parties.