Kit Siang: Will there be an Umno implosion?

KUALA LUMPUR: DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang said today he saw signs of great disunity “deep in the bowels of Umno” that could lead to an implosion in the party.

The Gelang Patah MP cited several instances of “rude politics” displayed by Umno leaders that have angered the party’s veterans.

One instance was when former Umno minister and current cultural adviser to the government Rais Yatim warned that such politics would hurt Umno.

“Rais has spoken out about Red Shirts leader Jamal Yunos carrying a coffin to the Selangor state secretariat building, which he said was against Islam and the Malay culture.

“Rais also questioned Communications and Multimedia Minister Salleh Said Keruak for defending Jho Low (financier Low Taek Jho) instead of upholding justice with regards to the seizure of Jho Low’s billion ringgit luxury yacht.

“Former minister Rafidah Aziz also rebuked the authorities for failing to locate the super yacht when she herself could spot it while on a diving trip in Thailand,” Lim said during a press conference in Parliament House.

Lim also mentioned the recent incident involving the Negeri Sembilan menteri besar Mohamad Hassan who was caught on video urging Umno Youth members to flip over tables at pro-opposition coffee shops.

The alleged remark led to the National Association of Patriots president Brig-Gen (Rtd) Mohamed Arshad Raji calling on the menteri besar to apologise.

“He (Arshad) called the speech unbecoming of a politician and state leader.

“He said such gangster-like conduct is totally wrong and unacceptable in our Malaysian culture.”

The third instance of disunity Lim cited was a call by Umno veterans to stop attacks by the party’s leaders against former prime minister and Umno president Dr Mahathir Mohamad or risk losing Kedah to the opposition in the general election.

Mohd Hadzir Ismail, the secretary of Kedah’s chapter of the Former Elected Representatives Council (Mubarak), said in a media report that Mahathir is still highly respected in the northern state.

Lim also mentioned Umno veterans club secretary Mustapha Yaakub who joined the public rumblings by declaring that no sane Umno leader would ever support Jho Low, much less “love” the man.

Mustapha said it was treason to defend Jho Low because the businessman was at the root of the 1MDB scandal and had caused the government to be dragged into the mud.

“The public rumblings and cries from the heart from deep in the bowels of Umno and Malay society elicited not sympathy and concern from those in power in Umno but led to a spate of savage and malicious attacks by Umno,” he said.