Pa­hang Umno: Dr Ma­hathir’s state­ment an act of des­per­a­tion

New Straits Times - - NEWS / POLITICS -

KUANTAN: The call by Prime Min­is­ter and Parti Pribumi Ber­satu Malaysia (PPBM) chair­man Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad for Umno to be dis­solved has been likened to an act of “des­per­a­tion”.

Pa­hang Umno in­for­ma­tion chief Datuk Seri Syed Ibrahim Syed Ahmad said it ap­peared to show that PPBM was afraid of be­ing kicked out of Pakatan Hara­pan (PH).

“They (PPBM) are the ones who should be dis­solved and join Umno.

“They don’t have many elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives and few sup­port­ers.

“They fear be­ing edged out by DAP and PKR, which is why they need Umno’s rep­re­sen­ta­tives and mem­bers,” he said.

Syed Ibrahim was com­ment­ing on a state­ment by Dr Ma­hathir on Fri­day, in which he urged Umno pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to dis­solve the party, claim­ing that it no longer cham­pi­oned the in­ter­ests of the race, re­li­gion and coun­try.

Syed Ibrahim, who is Pa­hang Re­li­gious Af­fairs, Ed­u­ca­tion and Health Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee chair­man, said Dr Ma­hathir should re­turn to Umno and strengthen the party if he was sin­cere in want­ing to fight for race and re­li­gion.

‘If he (Dr Ma­hathir) feels that Umno has flaws, then he should join Umno and ad­dress the prob­lems from within, not is­sue state­ments as if he is afraid of Umno.

“The way I see it, he will find any way pos­si­ble to de­stroy Umno,” he said.

Umno Youth deputy in­for­ma­tion chief Mohd Sha­har Ab­dul­lah said Dr Ma­hathir’s state­ment seemed to be part of the Pakatan Hara­pan govern­ment’s strat­egy to cover up its in­sta­bil­ity.

The Paya Be­sar mem­ber of par­lia­ment said, con­trary to Dr Ma­hathir’s claims, Umno had never strayed from its strug­gles and was grow­ing stronger at the grass­roots.

“Umno was cre­ated on a plat­form of a struggle, not of hate. We have never changed.

“Our con­sti­tu­tion has never changed, even with the change in lead­er­ship.

“There is no rea­son why Umno should be dis­solved.

“We feel that PPBM’s weak­nesses and in­sta­bil­ity are the rea­sons why Dr Ma­hathir is is­su­ing state­ments on a party he once helmed for 22 years.”

Datuk Seri Syed Ibrahim Syed Ahmad

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