KUALA LUMPUR: Umno has filed a writ of summons against MPs who defected from the party, its president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said this evening.
Zahid said the suit was filed by the Umno headquarters on Nov 14.
“We intend to claim back a large sum from the lawmakers.
“We will sue all of them and will use not just the Election Offences Act 1954, but all laws.
“They must repay the goodwill of Umno and its machinery, and know that they did not win their seats on their own accord,” he said during a discourse with party members here this evening.
Zahid said the defecting lawmakers must be grateful to Umno, and not just hop over to other parties.
Umno is now left with 37 MPs after an exodus of its leaders from the party. It had secured 54 parliamentary seats in the May 9 general election.
During the discourse, Zahid also admitted that Umno was now split five ways, with the first group being members who want Umno to stand alone and not merge with any other parties.
“The second group wants Umno to merge with one of the parties in Pakatan Harapan (PH). The third group wants to join forces with a party in PH that has collaborated with DAP.
“The fourth group wants Umno to work together with PAS as an opposition, while the fifth wants the party to move in a grand opposition bloc,” he said.
The Bagan Datuk MP said while he respected the views within the party, the factions needed to respect the views of party grassroots who want to go into the 15th general election and win it without collaborating with any parties.
“We must move as an opposition force, and rebuild our strength and unity.
“I also wish to state that, as the party president, and head of the Barisan Nasional, we have no intention to cooperate politically with DAP.
“That is clear. Period,” he added.