Core parties are still relevant to Malaysian politics to ensure the country’s political stability, says Umno vice-president Mohamed Khaled Nordin.
He said the absence of a core party would lead to disloyalty, with party hopping which would make it difficult to maintain the political stability of the country or state.
“Secondly, there will be a lot of ‘bargaining’, a lot of ‘give and take’ to the point that important matters based on the party’s struggles cannot be implemented because there is no core party.
“For that reason, Umno needs to contest more than 14 or 15 seats so that it can be the core party. If there is no core party there can be no stability, this is what the people of Melaka have to decide,” he said in a programme streamed on Facebook last night.
He was responding to claims that Barisan Nasional (BN) was trying to take on the role of a “big brother” by moving solo in the Melaka state election.
Khaled who denied this said BN only wants to restore political stability in Melaka and the country in general through a core party approach.
In the election on Nov 20, BN will be contesting all 28 seats, with Umno contesting in 20 seats, MCA seven and MIC one.
Of that number, 24 candidates or 86% are new faces with only four incumbents retained.