KUALA LUMPUR – December 8, 2015: Some Umno members think that the party will be worse off if it sacks those with dissenting views.
In view of this, they would like the party to think doubly hard before such a decision is made.
When approached for their views during today’s session for the annual Umno general assembly, only a few were prepared to talk, especially in relation to the positions of deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and vice-president Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal.
One who did talk was Kubang Pasu division committee member Ku Iskandar Ku Saad, who said that while he did not support what was being done by the dissidents, he understood well their reasons for adopting this position and he referred specifically to Muhyiddin and Shafie.
He further contends that regardless of their seemingly defiant way of trying to consolidate the party, he doesn’t think the two leaders meant to destroy Umno.
According to Ku Iskandar, it would be best if the party’s supreme council could come up with a win-win solution with the rebels.
Muhyiddin and Shafie, together along with former Umno president Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, have been vocal in their criticisms of the leadership of Prime Minister and Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Razak, most recently at a gathering at the Sultan Sulaiman Club in Kampung Baru last night.
The same approach to ease the groundswell against opposition within the party was expressed by Umno Larut member Azman Ishak.
Azman said that since Umno upholds the sanctity of Islam, it is timely for party leaders to refer to Islamic teachings to resolve this internal turmoil.
“But I am confident that despite this mess, Umno will eventually power through it… we’ve faced bigger crises than this and Umno remains strong until today,” he said.
Another Umno member who agreed to speak under the condition of anonymity reminded the party’s top leaders that they should settle the problem as quickly as possible.
“Yes, the rebels are few in numbers but if the leadership allows the groundswell to fester, it will only hamper Umnoy’s chances in winning the next general election.
“As it is, the crisis is already in the middle stage and like cancer, it vital for them (Umno top leadership) to cure it before it becomes terminal if the leaders are truly sincere when they say they are striving for the sake of the party, country and political survival of the Malays.
“Then they need to stop bickering with each other and peacefully resolve their differences,” she said.