JITRA: Umno members who side with former menteri besar Mukhriz Mahathir can quit the party as their presence could disrupt its unity, said Kubang Pasu Umno head Mohd Johari Khir Baharom.
If these members remained in Umno, their presence would only cause a split among other members who are loyal to the party’s struggle, he said.
Mukhriz, who was expelled from Umno in June, is among the founding leaders of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, set up by his father, former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Johari said that there had been many who had previously left Umno, when they supported leaders who had left and formed new parties, such as Semangat 46 and Parti Keadilan Rakyat, but they finally returned to Umno.
“Umno is a strong party, and as Umno members, we will defend our leaders in ensuring that the party’s struggle for the Malays continues,” he said when opening the Kubang Pasu Umno Youth assembly yesterday..
Johari said Umno would not stop anyone from leaving the party if they were sympathetic to Mukhriz and supported the new party formed by former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
In TUMPAT, Umno Youth deputy chief Khairul Azwan Harun said foreigners meddling in Malaysia’s affairs with the aid of “traitors” could destabilise the country.
“Today, they (foreigners) are also being assisted by some Malaysians from NGOs, political parties and former leaders, either in trying to create a perception, hurling accusations or disinformation to cause political instability,” he told reporters after opening the delegates meetings of Tumpat Umno’s Youth, Wanita and Puteri wings.
The Umno Supreme Council member added that the aim of these conspirators was to topple Prime Minister Najib Razak in undemocratic ways.