PETALING JAYA: An Umno Youth official has defended former second finance minister Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah from party criticism for speaking out about 1MDB.
Armand Azha Abu Hanifah said it was “not appropriate” for Umno leaders to attack Husni and said that their actions might backfire.
Armand, a member of Umno Youth’s executive committee, was quoted as saying: “I think the way Husni was attacked is not nice, and not good.”
In an interview with Astro Awani, he was reported to have said: “Husni is still an Umno leader and a Barisan Nasional MP. It is not appropriate for Umno to attack Husni like this.”
Umno leaders should focus on strengthening the party and spreading its message, he said.
Husni had said in Parliament that he had been attacked after resigning from the Cabinet as second finance minister.
“(As soon as) I quit – you see on the social media – two days after I quit, they attacked me for no reason. I know who the ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’ who attacked me are. Why play this game? Let us love the rakyat. We work for the rakyat,” he had said during the Budget debate.
Husni, who is MP for Tambun, had brought up 1MDB’s financial problems which he said would expose the Federal government to multi-billion ringgit losses.