PETALING JAYA: Former foreign minister Anifah Aman, who earlier this month resigned from Umno, said the party should respect the rights of those who left the party because of the direction Umno was taking.
“It would be hypocritical of me to still be in the party when I no longer subscribe to (Umno’s) philosophy and cause. (But) I wish them the best,” the New Straits Times reported the former Umno Supreme Council member as saying.
Anifah said this in response to Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s statement yesterday that Umno would take legal action against elected representatives who left to join other political parties or became independents.
Zahid also said the writs of summons have been issued to several individuals from whom Umno would seek reimbursement for costs incurred.
The English daily quoted Anifah as saying that he had yet to receive the writ of summons.
Anifah quit from Umno on Sept 19, citing the failure of Umno and Barisan Nasional to restore Sabah and Sarawak’s rights under the Malaysia Agreement 1963.
The Kimanis MP said he had promised voters in Sabah and his constituency that he would step down from any party posts and leave the party if Umno and BN failed to keep its promises.
News of Anifah’s resignation came less than 24 hours after Umno Supreme Council member Mustapa Mohamed quit the party. It is still unclear whether the Kimanis MP will be joining another party.