KUALA LUMPUR – August 12, 2015: Umno members, who are currently unhappy with the leadership of Datuk Seri Najib Razak have been advised to cease from being emotional as it would damage the party.
Malaysian Council of Former Elected Representatives (Mubarak) president Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Rahman said any additional inner party dispute would cause “an international-scale humiliation” for Umno.
“As it is, the international media has been very quick to report any dispute happening in Malaysia and from the looks of it they tend to vilify Umno and its leaders in their reports.
“So, if Umno members were to cause anymore disputes, they would aid the foreign media in aggravating the current situation,” he said.
Aziz claimed that in order for Umno to survive, it is vital for party members to maintain their solidarity, adding that, any internal problem would weaken the party’s political prowess.
He nonetheless, agreed that it was normal for Umno members, especially the younger ones, to be hasty in voicing their opinions regarding controversies which affect the party.
“I understand why these young members are the quickest and loudest to voice their dissatisfactions. It is because they are young and they don’t like to be kept in the dark.
“But they have to realise that the investigation on 1MDB (1Malaysia Development Berhad) is still on-going. It will take some time but we will have the results sooner or later.
“As it is, senior Umno members cannot sit idly by. They have to play a role in cooling down their younger peers in order to better manage the resentment in the party,” Aziz said.
Aziz also advised Umno leaders to only start restoring the situation in Umno after the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) have finished probing 1MDB.
“They should wait until the probe finishes and then only can they come out with any restoration plan as it will be counterproductive to do so right now as their plans may end up contradicting the findings of the investigation.
“As for now, I think it’s best for Umno leaders to just manage the negative perceptions within the party to prevent it from spiralling out of control,” Aziz told The Mole.
The current rift in Umno started four months ago when former party president Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad called for the removal of Najib from the prime minister post for alleged failure in his handling of the 1MDB issue.
The split within Umno ranks became more profound when Najib removed his deputy Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin in a Cabinet reshuffle two weeks ago because of the latter’s negetive public statements about the handling of 1MDB.