Najib can be liability to UMNO to win back Malay support as they push for his royal pardon, says political analyst

Political analysts in Malaysia have expressed their opinions on the recent movement by the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) to seek a royal pardon for their former president, Najib Razak.

Some analysts believe that Najib’s return could pose a liability to UMNO, as not all members are in favour of his comeback.

The younger generation is concerned about issues such as the economy and the practice of democracy in Malaysian politics, which UMNO will need to address to maintain support. UMNO supporters believe that Najib still has influence and can ignite the “Bossku” trend.

However, the fragmented Malay votes have affected UMNO’s declining support, and the internal power struggle within the party is causing further division.

The upcoming six state elections will be crucial for UMNO to regain their support, especially in constituencies with a significant non-Malay voter population.

These state elections will be an indicator for the next General Election in 2026, and the results will show how satisfied people are with the Unity Government.

Malaysia’s ex-PM warned UMNO-PH “forced marriages” will not last long, DAP leader reminds it was on advice by King

Malaysia’s former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob warned against the political coalition between the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) and Pakatan Harapan (PH), saying that “forced marriages will not last long”.

He also stressed the importance of a willing coalition, which should be accepted by the grassroots of both parties, to avoid “further damage”.

Anthony Loke, the DAP secretary-general, reminded that the cooperation between PH and BN was formed based on the advice of Malaysia’s King, and the coalition is aimed at creating a stable unity government

UMNO exempted from Societies Act 1966 for no-contest resolution on top posts, confirms Malaysia’s Home Minister

UMNO has been exempted from the Societies Act 1966 for its no-contest resolution for the president and deputy president posts during the party’s 2022 general assembly, according to Malaysia’s Home Minister, Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail. The Minister stated that UMNO’s constitution and meeting rules allowed for the exemption to be granted under Section 70 of the Act. UMNO’s top post is currently held by Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Deputy UMNO President Mohamad bin Hasan.

UMNO purging members as it sacks former health minister Khairy and suspended ex-defence minister Hishammuddin

MALAYSIA —  Former health minister Khairy Jamaluddin, was expelled by his own party UMNO (The United Malays National Organisation) yesterday night (27 January). A statement issued by UMNO secretary-general Ahmad Maslan following the party’s supreme council meeting, also confirmed that its supreme council Tan Sri Noh Omar, was also suspended and later, he requested to … Read more

Anthony Loke’s call for political stability in Malaysia echoed by UMNO’s KJ

SINGAPORE — Anthony Loke, Malaysia Transport Minister, has said that Malaysia’s most important challenge now is to ensure its “political stability” and for rivalling political parties in the current ‘unity government’ to work hard in setting aside their differences. This was said by Mr Loke at the Regional Outlook Forum 2023 organised by ISEAS – … Read more

UMNO Veteran Annuar Musa among three leaders sacked from the party

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA — Tan Sri Annuar Musa, a veteran leader in UMNO (United Malays National Organisation), was among the three leaders sacked for sabotaging the party. UMNO Secretary-General Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan confirmed today (9 December) that the party’s Supreme Council had taken action against Annuar Musa and two other party leaders, Malaysia media Berita … Read more

Malaysia’s Hung Parliament: UMNO agreed to take part in unity govt not led by Perikatan

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA — UMNO, Barisan National(BN) leading component party had made a unanimous decision to obey Malaysia King’s order for BN to support and take part in a unity government not led by Perikatan Nasional(PN). Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan, United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) secretary-general announced the decision made by its Supreme Council, after … Read more

Malaysia GE15: PH gained 61 seats as of 2am; BN faces biggest defeat in coalition’s history

MALAYSIA — According to Malaysia Election Commission (EC) official website, as of 2 am Sunday, the country biggest opposition coalition Pakatan Harapan (PH) has already gained 61 seats in the 15th Malaysian General Election (GE15), while BN falls far behind with only 26 seats secured. The three major political coalitions,  Barisan National (BN), Perikatan National (PN) and … Read more