Dr M’s sug­ges­tion shows he has for­got­ten his roots, says party head

New Straits Times - - NEWS / POLITICS - IBRAHIM ISA

UMNO pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi yes­ter­day brushed off Prime Min­is­ter Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad’s call to dis­solve the party, in­sist­ing that the party will not be dis­solved.

“Our stance is clear. We (Umno mem­bers) will not jump to an­other party and we will not dis­solve Umno, no mat­ter how many times he (Dr Ma­hathir) asks us to do so. Umno is a reg­is­tered party.

“De­spite be­ing a po­lit­i­cal party for Malays, it is also a so­cial in­sti­tu­tion that does not ne­glect other races.

“With that, it is un­be­liev­able that some­one who achieved greatness when in Umno to a stage of be­ing known the world over can say such a thing. This is like some­one who has for­got­ten his roots,” he said af­ter a meet­ing with state Umno lead­ers here yes­ter­day.

It was re­ported on Fri­day that Dr Ma­hathir, who is Parti Pribumi Ber­satu Malaysia chair­man, had ad­mit­ted ask­ing Zahid to dis­solve Umno.

Dr Ma­hathir, a for­mer Umno pres­i­dent, said this was be­cause he be­lieved the party no longer rep­re­sented its orig­i­nal prin­ci­ples and strug­gles.

Zahid, mean­while, as­sured Umno mem­bers that it had not stopped pur­su­ing its re­form plans.

“As I said be­fore, there are mis­takes that need to be fixed and the pro c ess will star t (so on). Don’t burn down our ‘house’ (Umno), which we have stayed in for so long.

“If the roof leaks, we will fix it. If the wall cracks, we will re­place it with a new one, and if the floor is dam­aged, we will make a new one. All this is to en­sure that our ‘house’ will con­tinue to stay up­right in all its mag­nif­i­cence. Af­ter all, the pil­lars, all 48 of them, are strong,” he said.

Zahid said he be­lieved Umno would be re­vived and re­gain the peo­ple’s sup­port.

“In the Umno Supreme Coun­cil meet­ing last night (Fri­day), the is­sue of whether I should take leave did arise, but the coun­cil has de­cided that I should not dis­rupt the con­ti­nu­ity.

“De­spite at­tempts (by po­lit­i­cal par­ties) to woo our mem­bers, many are still with us.”


Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (fourth from left) with state Umno lead­ers in Jo­hor Baru yes­ter­day.

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