The country could undergo yet another political turmoil soon, just as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage on.

According to reports, this is due to the ever-widening rift between Umno and Bersatu, which are among two of the three major parties that currently form the ruling Perikatan Nasional coalition.

Utusan Malaysia had reported that the majority of Umno grassroots division leaders have rejected any form of cooperation with Bersatu ahead of the 15th general election (GE15).

A total of 189 out of 191 Umno divisions brought up the motion of rejection while only two divisions - one in Kelantan, and another in Perlis, supported the cooperation between the two parties, in meetings held nationwide yesterday, said the report.

This supports the prior claim by Umno supreme council member Puad Zarkashi that at least 145 divisions are against the party's cooperation with Bersatu.

Utusan Malaysia also reported Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi confirming that 143 out of 193 division leaders have refused to work with Bersatu.

Umno's withdrawal from Perikatan Nasional will force Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also the president of Bersatu, to call for a snap general election. It is worth noting that Muhyiddin is already ruling with a wafer-thin majority in Parliament.

While Umno risks being seen as "power crazy" for making such a drastic decision at a time when COVID-19 are at an all-time high, the party, at the same time, has to abide by the demands of its grassroots, or risk a rebellion from within, a political analyst told Free Malaysia Today (FMT).

It is worth reminding that the Sabah state election held in September last year, triggered the second wave of COVID-19 infections, which to date, has infected 119,077 people and killed 494, in Malaysia.

Source: Utusan Malaysia, FMT
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