PETALING JAYA: Umno has filed suits against three more of its former MPs for breach of trust after they defected to PPBM earlier this year.
Speaking to FMT, Umno secretary-general Annuar Musa confirmed that legal notices had been served on Mersing MP Abdul Latif Ahmad, Sabak Bernam MP Mohd Fasiah Mohd Fakeh and Hulu Terengganu MP Rosol Wahid.
Last month, Umno had filed suits against three other MPs who quit the party to join PPBM. They were Mustapa Mohamed (Jeli), Hamzah Zainudin (Larut) and Ikmal Hisham Abdul Aziz (Tanah Merah).
Annuar said the party was going after all defectors and that they would be served legal notices at different times.
“I’m not sure who will get their notice when,” he said, adding this was left to the lawyers as well as whether there was any room for negotiations.
“There is a breach of trust. We don’t challenge them on their right to move … they have the right. But they used the party name and symbol. So, there is a contract between elected representatives and the party,” he said.
PPBM has been the main benefactor of defections from Umno but this has led to discontent among its Pakatan Harapan partners and sparked calls for the ex-Umno leaders to be screened.
In March, eight former Sabah Umno elected representatives, led by former state chief Hajiji Noor, also joined PPBM.
Yesterday, Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who is PPBM chairman, reiterated the party’s stance that it will take in Umno members who have left the party for some time.
However, those with “certain issues”, such as court cases, will not be allowed to join, he said.