23 June 2018
Its slowly getting lonely being BN. Being abandoned in low times like this. Padan muka, anyway.
23 June 2018
Getakan has left BN.
This comes after four Sarawak parties left Barisan Nasional on June 12 to form Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS).
The four are Parti Pesaka Bumiputra Bersatu (PBB), Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS), Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) and the Progressive Democratic Party (PDP).
With the announcement that Gerakan is leaving Barisan Nasional, this means that the coalition is down from 13 parties to the original three Alliance members – Umno, MCA and MIC (plus maybe MyPPP which is embroiled in an internal party struggle).
Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/06/23/gerakan-unanimously-decides-to-leave-barisan-nasional/#C2fFuJjzZSEPmrSe.99
23 June 2018
Gerakan unanimously decides to leave Barisan Nasional
PETALING JAYA: Gerakan has unanimously decided to leave the Barisan Nasional coalition, said the party’s central committee in a press release on Saturday (June 23).
“The decision was made after serious and comprehensive deliberation, reflection and consideration of the current political developments of the country post-GE14. The sentiment of the grassroots was taken into consideration, while elections at the branch level are underway nationwide,” said the central committee.
The committee added that it is “absolutely necessary” for Gerakan to embark on a new political journey with freedom, empowerment and an assertion in pursuing what the party believes is best for Malaysia and Malaysians.
“The decision is in line with the new aspirations, needs and demands of the people post-GE14, we decided that Gerakan must chart a new direction to sustain ourselves and continue our struggle,” added the central committee.
It said that it leaves Barisan on good terms, adding that Gerakan will be an independent party in the Opposition bloc to offer a check-and-balance to the Pakatan Harapan government.
13 June 2018
Nazri Abdul Aziz
He said BN leaders needed to accept the fact that the coalition was no longer marketable, adding that it was because of component parties like MIC, MCA and Gerakan – which the people no longer supported – that made the coalition so hard to defend.
BN lost after a 61-year rule and only won a dismal 79 parliamentary seats compared to the 133 it won in the last election (GE13).
Umno, BN’s backbone, won 54 seats in GE14 compared to 88 in GE13.
You want BN? Take it, Nazri tells Gerakan
Umno Supreme Council member Nazri Abdul Aziz says the party is better on its own anyway.
PETALING JAYA: Umno Supreme Council member Nazri Abdul Aziz has voiced his “support” for a meeting to be held to deliberate on whether Umno should be kicked out of Barisan Nasional (BN).
The idea was mooted by Gerakan Youth’s Andy Yong who said in a recent statement that BN component parties should hold a Supreme Council meeting to decide on whether to expel Umno instead of leaving the coalition.
Speaking to FMT, Nazri said BN was “gone” as a coalition and that if the other component parties wanted to have it, they could take it.
“I think we (Umno) want to be alone in the Peninsular. Gerakan is finished and if they want BN they can take it.
Being in BN with Gerakan and being totally rejected by the rakyat is a huge burden,” he said.
When asked how he thought other parties would vote on the fate of Umno in BN, Nazri said he didn’t care.
“I don’t know, whatever they want to do, let them do it.”
4 June 2018
KUALA LUMPUR, June 3 — Claiming MCA had not pulled its weight in GE14, Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman said the Barisan Nasional (BN) Chinese party has no right to denounce Umno for their electoral losses.
Following the statement made by MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong shifting the blame on Umno, Tajuddin said the government under BN had accommodated to the Chinese community, despite the Chinese-based party’s loss in the 13th general elections.
“What else does MCA want? Umno was not wrong, MCA was wrong. We had given many allocations for Chinese community. Even when they lost in GE13, we appointed ministers and deputy ministers from their party.
“MCA did not do their work. It was the Umno Wanita wing that had gone to the ground and do all the work, day and night,” said Tajuddin at a press conference at the Putra World Trade Centre, here.
“You tell Wee Ka Siong, it is not fair for him to make that kind of statement. What happened was not because of Umno, we had worked very hard. The problem was that MCA cannot convince the Chinese voters because they (the voters) had already decided that they want the whole government for themselves,” he claimed, adding that the Chinese voters had voted for DAP in order for the Chinese to take over the government.
Zahid urges truce, MCA tells Umno to smell the coffee
While acting BN chief Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has called for the ongoing war of words between his party men and MCA to stop, the latter appears unfazed.
This follows Zahid today calling for the public spat between MCA deputy president Wee Ka Siong and Umno information chief Annuar Musa to stop, as reported by the New Straits Times.
“Both of them are voicing their personal opinions, not the official stance of Umno and MCA.
“The failure to defend many parliamentary and state seats for Umno and MCA is a reality that we have to accept due to the political hatred which was planted among the people by the other side,” Zahid was reported as saying in a statement.
MCA publicity bureau chairperson Chai Kim Sen, however, insisted that Annuar had “missed the point” of what Wee had said.
“Annuar had not only overreacted to Wee’s comment, but also presented his rebuttal in a most unsightly manner, debasing MCA in the process.
“This is precisely the type of behaviour that became the impetus of BN’s downfall.
“It is regrettable that Annuar does not comprehend this point. And he need not place hopes on regaining voters’ support if he continues to act this way,” he said in a statement today.
Umno and MCA should stop the blame game and take collective responsibility for defeat
PETALING JAYA: Umno and MCA should stop the blame game and instead learn to take collective responsibility for the 14th general elections results, said MCA publicity bureau chairman Datuk Chai Kim Sen…
He said both parties had contested under the same Barisan Nasional banner in GE14 and it was clear that voters have rejected the coalition.
“We contested side-by-side under the same Barisan flag, and we lost as one (team).
“Now, we shall all bear the responsibilities together. If we, instead, choose to redirect the blame to everyone but ourselves, it would be clear that we have learned nothing from our defeat,” he said in a statement on Sunday (June 3).
Dr Wee was reported to have said that, “Our party is now our priority and not the coalition like before.”
Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/06/03/umno-and-mca-should-stop-the-blame-game-and-take-collective-responsibility-for-defeat/#MWTHYhluDXRZYw2K.99
Annuar shoots back, says Umno won’t prop up MCA anymore
Ketereh MP Annuar Musa has shot back at MCA deputy president Wee Ka Siong by saying that Umno will never again prop up a “crippled” MCA.
According to Annuar, MCA suffered a “stroke” after the 13th general election, but despite Umno’s efforts to restore the health of the party by giving it “cushy” positions in the government, it could not recover.
He pointed out that MCA performed even worse in GE14, and did not just fail to win over the people, but even its own members.
“This statement (from Wee) as though MCA had been propping up Umno should be considered with an honest heart.
“Unless the ‘stroke’ (suffered by MCA) for the second time since GE13 was so bad that not only was MCA left crippled, but also unable to think!
“If that is the case, then MCA should prepare to buy their own gravestone,” he said in a Facebook posting.
Umno’s whipping boys? Never again, says MCA’s Wee
MCA will never again take the blame for Umno’s follies, MCA deputy president Wee Ka Siong has declared.
In an interview with Sin Chew Daily yesterday, Wee said MCA will now make decisions on its own, and hinted that BN will no longer be the same.
“Under our current leadership, whatever Umno says today will no longer be our responsibility.
“Whatever (wrong things the) past leaders said, whatever (wrong things) former ministers said, I’m not footing the bill for them. Sorry. We won’t do that,” he said.
Over the past few decades, BN component parties MCA, MIC and Gerakan have repeatedly been accused by then-opposition DAP of being accessories to Umno’s excesses.
Both MCA and MIC were left with only one and two seats respectively in Parliament after GE14, while Gerakan was wiped out entirely.
“From 15 seats to seven, now we have one. I don’t even have a shoulder to lean on,” said Wee.