Zahid Hamidi sets 3 conditions in reply to Mahathir

Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

PETALING JAYA: Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi today outlined three conditions in response to PPBM chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s invitation for Umno members to join his party.

The conditions were:
* that PAS would also be invited.
* that Mahathir, who is prime minister, does not dissolve Umno
* and Mahathir would not ask Umno members to jump ship.

Zahid declared that Umno would never betray its Islamic ally, with which it had in March agreed to formalise a union at parliamentary and by-election levels.

“Umno members won’t defect and do not want for the party to be dissolved. If the party is dissolved, it would be the end for Umno members,” he said when opening the Kuala Kedah Umno delegates meeting.

Earlier this month, Mahathir had invited all Malay parties, including Umno, to join PPBM in efforts to unite the Malay electorate. He said more and more Malay-based parties were being formed, reducing the chances of these parties winning a general election.

On a separate matter, Zahid reiterated Umno’s stand that it would not join forces with Anwar Ibrahim as long as the PKR president continues cooperating with the DAP. “I have said this several times, yet many still do not understand.”

Zahid’s assertion comes days after he hit out at Anwar for implying the party is being racist over its call to reject cooperation with anyone working with DAP, stating that Anwar was indebted to DAP.