PETALING JAYA: Umno supreme council member Lokman Noor Adam says Umno would not support PKR president elect Anwar Ibrahim as he is still criticising the party’s leaders.
“Until now, Anwar is still attacking Umno leaders, there is no reason to back Anwar,” he told FMT.
He was asked to comment on a report which quoted Umno MP Abdul Nazri Aziz as saying that he would be supporting Anwar during the Port Dickson by-election.
The Padang Rengas MP said it was best for Umno in order for the party to get back into government.
“I don’t foresee Umno being in government in the near future but there is some common thinking among Umno MPs that we should come back into government as early as possible,” he was quoted as saying by Malaysiakini.
The comment comes as Umno is trying to form an alliance with PAS to garner Malay support to take over Putrajaya.
Lokman said Nazri had been consistent in backing the current government and no displinary action had been taken on him.
“Why take action against Nazri now when he has been supporting (Prime Minister Dr) Mahathir Mohamad which is worse than supporting Anwar,” said Lokman
“I don’t see any reason for Umno to take action,” he said, adding that this is his personal opinion.
Lokman also hopes Umno would propose former Negeri Sembilan menteri besar Mohamad Hasan, who is the party’s deputy president, as its candidate in Port Dickson.
“He has a clean record. He would be the best candidate to contest against Anwar,” he said.
Yesterday, Port Dickson MP Danyal Balagopal Abdullah announced that he was vacating his parliamentary seat, triggering a by-election where Anwar would be contesting.
Umno secretary-general Annuar Musa said no action would be taken against Nazri as “everyone is entitled to their opinions”.
He said Umno had not decided if they would contest the Port Dickson seat.
“We would be meeting next week to discuss the by-election,” he told FMT.
Mohamad declined to comment on Nazri’s support for Anwar and also on the by-election as Umno had not decided if it would take part.