Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Hussein has been appointed as the Foreign Minister under the premiership of Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
During the 2018 UMNO Leadership Election, the former UMNO vice-president decided not to defend his position in the party.
Flashforward to December 2019, Hishammuddin was caught in a controversy for allegedly planning to lead over a dozen of UMNO MPs to form a government with some of the Pakatan Harapan MPs.
The accusation was made by former UMNO supreme council member Lokman Noor Adam, who claimed that Hishammuddin had met with then PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali at the latter’s residence.
Then, UMNO president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said that his party would not recapture Putrajaya through a ‘backdoor government’, and brushed off the rumour as lies spread by instigators.
Weeks earlier, the same message was made by the leader of his political allies in Muafakat Nasional, PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.
Hadi claimed that PAS received an offer by some of the parties in Pakatan Harapan to form a ‘backdoor government’, but it was rejected.
The PAS president said that he would prefer to take power the honourable way by going through a general election.
In January 2020, Hishammuddin said that he is ready to face the UMNO disciplinary board as he has nothing to hide about the conspiracy of forming a ‘backdoor government’ with Azmin.
However, there is no follow-up on Hishamuddin facing any disciplinary action.
On the other hand, it was reported that Lokman Adam has been sacked from UMNO in the first week of February 2020 for revealing the party secret to the public.
Today, Perikatan Nasional which consists of Bersatu, UMNO, PAS, MCA and MIC together with allied parties GPS and GBS have formed a government without going through a general election.
This shows that what a politician says today may no longer be relevant tomorrow. At the end of the day, political power remains the goal in politics.