KUALA LUMPUR: Umno veteran Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah said the actions by its MPs to join PPBM was futile, as it was a case of moving to a weaker party.
“It’s like a python being invited to get into a vine snake’s nest.
“How can we stop them, as long as they do not get entangled with a brittle branch of a tree,” he told reporters at the Parliament lobby today.
He was responding to a statement by PPBM Supreme Council member A Kadir Jasin that some 40 Umno MPs could cross over to the ruling party.
Razaleigh, the Gua Musang MP better known as Ku Li, said he was not aware of any such move, adding that he himself had not received such a “proposition” from PPBM.
“I don’t know. I am not an astrologer. Maybe my venom is too strong so I cannot be accepted,” he said.
Speculation of an exodus from Umno was fuelled after former international trade minister Mustapa Mohamed joined PPBM, weeks after he left Umno.
But Razaleigh said he was confident that Umno still had grassroots support.
“How can Umno be destroyed, when we are everywhere, in every nook and corner, in villages and districts, in government offices.”
He said the party was well entrenched, having survived for 70 years.
“There is a history, one that is rooted in the struggle against the colonialists,” he added.