UMNO is willing to cooperate with any party, including DAP, said its secretary-general, Annuar Musa, adding that the party cannot be rigid in new Malaysia.
“We want to keep our options open. Barisan Nasional’s (BN) old formula of alliance is now outdated.
Umno must keep its options on cooperation open, even if it means working together with its archrival party DAP, says Tan Sri Annuar Musa.
“If Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad can cooperate with DAP, if PAS can cooperate with DAP, who knows, maybe one day Umno can also cooperate with DAP.
“Don’t keep yourself in a cocoon. The most important thing here is how we can serve the people best,” he said.
He cited the warming up of former Umno strongman and current Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad with long-time nemesis DAP as an example. “Umno must think of how to work with [others, including] DAP. We should not have a mentality to block [cooperation],” he said.
“Malaysian politics is pragmatic… if Tun Mahathir can work with DAP, we also can work with DAP,” he said.
“Umno’s priority right now is to strengthen the party itself, then only think about the coalition. Individual parties have to reinvent themselves [as well],” he said.
“It is not the dissolution that is important. Where are we going? Dissolution will not solve the question of how do we move forward. You are not going to win the [next] election just by dissolving [BN].”