KUALA LUMPUR, June 4 — Umno President Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi said that the country needs to return to its old ways and bring back what he called as “Malaysia”, as “New Malaysia” that was born from during Pakatan Harapan in 2018 has failed. He said the ensuing political turmoil, defections by MPs, economic instability and lack of leadership have caused Malaysia’s economy to digress in the past four years since Pakatan Harapan (PH) took over.

“The notion that the ‘New Malaysia’ espoused good governance is merely talk. The mandate the public gave them was exploited and government institutions were manipulated even to the point of crippling the Parliament to stay in power,” Zahid said during his speech at BN’s 48th annual convention at World Trade Centre here.

The “Malaysia Baharu” or “New Malaysia” slogan was adopted by the PH coalition after they won a historic general election in 2018 by beating BN. the only ruling coalition Malaysia ever had in 60 years. PH’s administration however collapsed after 22 months after its component Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia allied with Umno and PAS to form the Perikatan Nasional government.