: UMNO should have got a fairer distribution of seats in the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government led by Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
In saying so, UMNO Vice-President, Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin, stressed that UMNO has been a pillar in the formation of the PN government and not taking a ride on the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu).
From the beginning, he said, UMNO and PAS had demanded for the dissolution of Parliament to make way for snap polls.
" UMNO only changed its position after Malaysia's political turmoil continued as a result of the actions of Tun Dr Mahathir.
"To resolve the crisis, UMNO and PAS have chosen to support Tan Sri Muhyiddin solely in the interests of the country.
"Without UMNO and PAS, Tan Sri Muhyiddin could not form a government. So, UMNO is a co-founder of the PN government and not a passenger.
"This is why UMNO feels it is necessary to seek justice through a demand that is 'proportionate' ,” he said in a press statement today in reply to criticisms by Former Chief Justice Of Malaysia, Tun Abdul Hamid Mohamad, that UMNO has not changed despite having lost in the elections.
Khalid, who is the former Johor Menteri Besar, also stressed that UMNO is a political party and would not submit to the either Bersatu or Muhyiddin.
"We represent the biggest interests of the Malays and not the bloc led by Azmin (former Parti Keadilan Rakyat deputy president, Datuk Seri Azmin Ali) or anyone.
"Do not forget that almost 35 percent of Bersatu MPs won on UMNO ticket while the rest had jumped from everywhere to seek positions," he added, drawing attention to the fact that Bersatu only won 13 seats in the last general election.