State polls to test loyalties of Umno-DAP grassroots

The cooperation between BN and PH was more important for Umno as DAP was still able to defend its traditional seats in the urban areas. Without Umno, DAP and its fellow PH components might still win in developing areas.

(MalaysiaNow) – Questions are swirling over the extent to which the Umno grassroots will support DAP and vice versa, as election-facing states draw closer to a series of polls expected to provide the first yardstick for political backing since the 15th general election (GE15) last year.

Ties between the two parties have been strained despite the agreement for an understanding at the federal level by top leaders in the wake of GE15.

Speaking to MalaysiaNow, a Gombak Umno member said it was difficult to imagine himself voting for a candidate from a Pakatan Harapan (PH) component party given their history of enmity.

Razman Hakimi Abdullah, who is registered to vote in Hulu Kelang, also cited to the recent Umno general assembly, where youth leader Muhamad Akmal Saleh demanded that DAP apologise and retract what he described as the insults hurled at Umno throughout the years.

“It was a demand with legitimate grounds,” he said. “DAP leaders should do this if they want the support of the Umno grassroots.

“We were insulted and despised when DAP leaders, especially Lim Kit Siang, endorsed the narrative of Umno as a corrupt party. As if all of us took bribes.

“But now, when just one of their leaders is linked to wrongoing, they ask the people not to punish the entire party,” he added, referring to Human Resources Minister V Sivakumar.

“This is why they need to apologise. Many Umno members felt themselves badly used.”

Read more here