KUALA LUMPUR: A representative of Penang Umno has slammed party MPs who held a meeting with Economic Affairs Minister Mohamed Azmin Ali just days after Barisan Nasional (BN) won a landslide victory in the Tanjung Piai by-election.
Umno Bukit Gelugor division chief Omar Faudzar questioned their identity and honour as party members and leaders, saying he had to answer to his division members’ complaints.
“We’ve already won (in Tanjung Piai), why are we having a meeting with a minister over there? If we want to give the excuse that we want to meet because of allocations, the six people who have run away left because of allocations too.
“It has only been 18 months since we became the opposition. For years, PAS and PKR were the opposition, but did PAS and PKR ever come crawling to Umno asking for funds? No.
“It has only been 18 months and they’re already crawling to them,” he said at the Umno general assembly here today.
Many of the delegates stood and clapped and shouted in support of Omar, who called on party president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to act sternly and firmly, reiterating that he had the support of many Umno members.
The Penang delegate also issued a warning to the MPs against disobeying Zahid’s orders, telling them that they can leave the party if they want to follow the instructions of others.
“We don’t want termites in our party, because these termites can destroy our party.
“We have to put our house in order. If we can’t make things right in our house, why do we want to talk about things outside?
“I’m not saying this for no reason. In every sickness, the best medicine is the most bitter. So today, I’m giving the most bitter pill … take it.”
On Nov 18, a group of BN MPs met with Azmin at his residence, in an attempt said by some to thwart any moves to force Dr Mahathir Mohamad out of office.
The gathering, described later as “just a dinner meeting”, was attended by former Umno vice-president Hishammuddin Hussein and about two dozen others.
Azmin’s ally, PKR vice-president Zuraida Kamaruddin, who is also the housing minister, and party colleague Kamaruddin Jaafar, MP for Bandar Tun Razak and deputy transport minister, were among those seen leaving the house later in the night.
The meeting came in the wake of Pakatan Harapan’s disastrous outing in Tanjung Piai, when BN candidate Wee Jeck Seng of MCA was elected with an overwhelming majority of 15,086 votes.
Immediately after the election, political commentators began calling for Mahathir to make way for PKR president Anwar Ibrahim, as agreed by PH before the 2018 general election.