PETALING JAYA: Umno vice-president Mohamed Khaled Nordin today warned PPBM that they would be losing sleep if they accept the party’s former members.
“They will definitely make you guys stay awake at night. Because they are the virus that have been hurting and damaging Umno,” he said in a statement.
The former Johor Bahru menteri besar also predicted that a year from now, the “disease” brought by the defectors would infect others.
“They are very manipulative and experienced. They are clever in taking advantage of the political structure built by Tun (Dr) Mahathir Mohamad,” he said.
Umno had won 54 federal seats in the 14th general election but are now left with only 37 MPs after large groups of members and leaders quit the party.
Khaled said PPBM would become another Umno 2.0 or Umno 3.0 as the defectors would bring with them the culture of money politics.
“They will be looking at every opportunity and space not to fight for the party but to benefit themselves.”
He said those who left Umno to become independents were not warriors and had nothing to impart to others.
“They are not warriors. They are not part of the struggle. There is nothing of value that we could learn from them.”
Khaled said those who were true to the party’s struggle were responsible and firm with their principles despite facing difficulties.
This, he said, was unlike the opportunists who left the party.
“The beliefs that they subscribed to for six decades changed just in six months after losing (in the general election).
“I do not want us to live in anxiety just because of their departure,” he said while urging others who remained in the party to carry out their responsibilities.
He said Umno was now aware of the true colours of the defectors and asked members not to worry.
“Those who have left, they can cause us no harm,” he said, adding that it was best not to hold them back as Umno needed to move forward.
Khaled also hoped that the recent exodus would encourage others in Umno to do some soul searching on what the party struggles mean to them.
“Is it money, power, position or to live a comfortable life?”