PUTRAJAYA: Umno members who have been sacked by the party are now asking to return, Umno Secretary-General Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said today.
Tengku Adnan, who is popularly known as Ku Nan, said even those who had faced disciplinary action, including suspension or warning letters, were now trying to making appeals to the party.
He said this in dismissing former Umno leader, Mukhriz Mahathir’s claims that many Umno leaders were set to leave the party.
Mukhriz said this after two Umno divisional leaders announced their exit from the party over the past weekend.
While not furnishing any names at the moment, Ku Nan said he would provide the full list of those seeking to return to Umno at a later date.
He added that many claimed action taken against them was unfair, just as how former deputy president Muhyiddin Yassin said his sacking by the Umno Supreme Council did not follow procedure.
On that point, Ku Nan said, it was not just the Umno Disciplinary Board that could take action against members.
“The Umno Supreme Council also has the power to take disciplinary action and this made Muhyiddin unhappy and take revenge by setting up a new party,” Ku Nan said of the former party deputy president who is now president of the newly-formed Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM).
“Look at me. I’ve been in out, in out. I never go against the party,” he said in reference to separate stints as a Federal minister under different regimes.
“I never got angry because to me, the party’s fight is more important, not the individual. This is what we should understand.”
Ku Nan said problems would arise whenever those who joined political parties put their personal interests above the party’s.
He also said it was better for Umno members who were thorns in the flesh, to leave the party.
Over the weekend Gelang Patah and Kulai Umno division leaders Baharum Abdul Ghani and Tosrin Jarvanti, both told their divisions they were leaving the party.
Ku Nan said those who wanted to leave were free to leave, and said he believed Umno members will remain united with the party.
He also defended the recent action against Umno Youth exco member Mohd Rafiq Naizamohideen, who was suspended as an Umno member for six years after inviting Dr Mahathir Mohamad to a programme organised by Umno last year.
Ku Nan said that the party had sufficient proof and urged those who were unhappy, to use the proper channels to air their grouses rather than trying to tarnish the party publicly.