Umno in a bind? Grasping the new relations with DAP

Leaders speaking out against cooperation in Unity Government should know where line is drawn, says analyst.

(The Vibes) – The “fragile” relationship between Umno and DAP cannot be accepted by most though both parties are part of the Unity Government.

Universiti Malaya political analyst Dr Awang Azman Awang Pawi said for nearly 60 years there have been anti-Dap sentiments spewed by Umno leaders, especially during the time of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

He said Dr Mahathir sparingly used the race card to consolidate his power within Umno at the cost of interracial relationships.

“It has only been a short while since Umno and DAP have been part of the Unity Government led by Pakatan Harapan,” he said.

“Unfortunately, many in Umno are unhappy with the unity pact and the fact that DAP is part of the government.

“A number of these leaders are supportive of Bersatu and won’t mind working with Perikatan Nasional (PN) despite what may have transpired in the past between them.”

He said Umno leaders who are speaking out against the cooperation within the Unity Government should be heard by the party leaders.

He said such leaders should also know where the line is drawn, and if they refuse to tone down their criticism then the party should come down hard on them.

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