KUALA LUMPUR: Several delegates to the Umno general assembly have raised the need for party vice-president Ismail Sabri Yaakob to be defended in his post as prime minister (PM) and for members not to do anything that could weaken the party.
Wangsa Maju Umno division chief Shafie Abdullah urged that no one should belittle Ismail.
“I have hope in the PM, we do not want you to be bullied by others,” he said during the debate on the president’s policy speech at the general assembly, which opened today.
Melaka delegate Mustafa Musa said the Umno leadership and members should not do anything that might weaken the party’s strength.
He called for an end to undignified activities such as character assassination and boot-licking because such behaviour would weaken Umno. “Trust the ‘top five’ (leadership),” he said.
A Perlis delegate Wan Saiful Daniel Mohd Yusof said all delegates should allow the leadership to determine the party’s strategies, including those relating to the 15th general election.
Kedah delegate Othman Aziz said the people had begun to trust the government again like when the country’s administration was led by Umno and Barisan Nasional leaders.
Earlier, Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had urged the government and the party to move together. He expressed confidence in Ismail to lead the government.