Don’t tolerate Umno members who criticise party, says Pandikar

Umno members should remain united and not openly criticise the party, says former Dewan Rakyat speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia.

KUALA LUMPUR: Pandikar Amin Mulia said Umno should not tolerate members who criticise the party and its leaders, and justify it by saying that the party should allow differences of opinion.

The former Dewan Rakyat speaker said there were several leaders who have openly chastised the party leadership under the guise of “democracy”.

“This clearly goes against the party’s motto of being united and loyal,” he told delegates at the party’s annual general assembly here.

He said if members were united, it would be difficult to break the party.

The former Kota Marudu Umno division chief said the party should not compromise with those who go against the party’s motto.

While Pandikar did not identify the Umno members who have openly criticised the party, former youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin has been one of the more outspoken leaders.

Earlier this month, the Rembau MP blamed president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi for Mustapa Mohamed’s decision to quit the party. Mustapa was an Umno Supreme Council member.

The former youth and sports minister has been vocal in cautioning the party against any alliance with PAS, although Zahid had defended the possible cooperation with the Islamist party.

On a separate note, Pandikar also played down Barisan Nasional’s shock defeat in the May 9 polls, saying the coalition lost the election with integrity.