Earlier today, 30 July, UMNO president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi announced that the party is formally withdrawing from the Perikatan Nasional (PN) coalition that is led by Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin
"UMNO has decided to not join PN," he said in a statement.
The party will instead strengthen Muafakat Nasional (MN) coalition together with PAS and Barisan Nasional component parties, according to the UMNO president.
The withdrawal, however, doesn't impact the current administration as UMNO will continue to support the PN government in federal and state levels
"Our support for the PN government is only based on support from UMNO and BN MPs and assemblypersons to form the federal government and certain state governments," Zahid said.
What this basically means is that while UMNO has decided against officially joining the PN coalition, the party has not withdrawn its support for the PN government.
The move, while appearing conflicting, allows Muhyiddin to remain as the eighth Prime Minister.
In the meantime, Zahid also revealed that Muhyiddin has stated his intention of having PPBM (Bersatu) join the MN coalition
According to Zahid's statement, in a meeting with BN Parliament members yesterday, 29 July, at the parliament building, Muhyiddin expressed his intention of making Bersatu part of MN.
"This will be discussed with PAS for further consideration," Zahid said.
"The MN main committee has decided for UMNO and PAS to be prioritised to strengthen MN. I will hand over the decision to the MN committee to consider Bersatu's intentions if it can further strengthen MN for the sake of the people and the country."