KUALA LUMPUR: A federal minister has pointed out that Umno is not a party of gangsters due to the action of a small group of members.
Supreme council member Nazri Aziz said recent reports of violence by members was not a culture of Umno as “the three-million-member party” does not condone the use of violence to solve problems.
“If a minority of 100 are pro-violence, can we say that the whole party has a violent culture? We can’t.
“How can a small portion reflect Umno’s behaviour?”
However, the tourism and culture minister is confident the tainted behaviour of some Umno men will not jeopardise the party’s reputation.
This is because Malaysians are smart enough to judge for themselves about the party.
“Don’t underestimate the thinking ability of Malaysians. They will never punish the whole Umno lot. I am convinced.”
Nazri was asked on recent “violent” incidents connected to Umno leaders such as Sungai Besar division chief Jamal Yunos and deputy agriculture and agro-industry minister and Pasir Salak MP Tajuddin Abdul Rahman.
Jamal and his supporters were reported to have clashed with Bersih 5 supporters during the latter’s nationwide convoy and at a shopping centre in Kuala Lumpur.
Last week, Tajuddin had called DAP Seputeh MP Teresa Kok “the only woman with a Kok” in Parliament.
This created an uproar in the Dewan Rakyat, which then saw Amanah Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad calling the former “menteri sial”.
On Nov 24, about a dozen men and women, claiming to be Pasir Salak supporters, including Tajuddin’s son, came to Parliament House to confront Khalid over his comment. Security personnel saved Khalid from harm.
Nazri said the incidents took place due to provocation.
“Two wrongs don’t make a right. No one can say that they are right here.
“To me, Parliament is a very respectable place where people need to treat each other with respect.
“MPs are called ‘Yang Berhormat’ (respected ones).”
Nazri said no one is above the law and action should be taken against those found to be in the wrong.