Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad should form a unity government with the opposition bloc which comprises Umno and PAS if he wants to remain in power, according to Umno leaders.
The proposal followed Pakatan Harapan’s crushing defeat in last Saturday’s Tanjung Piai by-election in Johor.
The Umno leaders also believe that a cabinet reshuffle would not be able to arrest the erosion of support for the 18-month-old government.
“I will support it if Tun (Mahathir) wants a strong government. He must pick those who are qualified, a unity government,” said Umno lawmaker and former minister Shahidan Kassim.
“The people do not hate ministers, but (despise) the government. This is the time to invite the opposition to be part of the (cabinet).
“Tun is a good prime minister but is surrounded by useless ministers, always criticisng the old government when it was Tun who led the old (BN) government for the longest period,” he told Malaysiakini.