Umno division leader knocks Zahid’s return to the helm

Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has taken leave of absence after being charged with corruption.

JOHOR BAHRU: An Umno divisional leader has cautioned against moves to restore Ahmad Zahid Hamidi at Umno’s helm as party president, at a time when the party seemed to be just recovering.

Tebrau Umno division chief Maulizan Bujang said party members should remember that Zahid had been forced to take leave as party president partly because his leadership lacked direction and had caused some Members of Parliament and division chiefs to quit the party.

Umno would have remaimed weak if Zahid had not taken leave then, Maulizan said in a statement today.

“Umno is seen to be stable now and is beginning to regain the confidence of the people, especially Malays, under the leadership of Tok Mat Hassan (acting president Mohamad Hasan), who is viewed as more capable and clean by the community,” he said.

Maulizan admitted that some Umno supporters had not given back their support to the party because they felt it had not truly changed as it was still supporting leaders accused of power abuse and corruption.

“Let Umno be run by the existing leaders and forget about attempts to make a return,” he said.