UMNO vice-president Hishammudin Hussein today described Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s meeting with Hindraf to lure the Indian pressure group to join the opposition pact as a desperate move.

Hishammuddin, who is also defence minister, said Dr Mahathir move had disregarded other parties in the opposition pact of Pakatan Harapan, as the meeting was held without any of them being consulted first.

“It is probably a desperate move because he simply left other leaders in the opposition pact out of consideration… maybe he just followed his desire, or perhaps personal and emotional considerations.

“No teamwork spirit… and this is before they can even form a government,” he said after opening the Paya Besar Umno division delegates’ conference in Kuantan today.
Also present were Paya Besar Umno chief Abdul Manan Ismail, its Wanita chief Siti Zaharah Sulaiman and its Youth chief Mohd Shahar Abdullah.

Hishammuddin said in response to PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali’s statement that Dr Mahathir’s call for Hindraf to join the opposition was never discussed by the opposition pact’s top leadership.

“I hope the people can judge for themselves, do not pledge peace and harmony. I do not say that Barisan Nasional (BN) is perfect, but the alternative is actually not a good option either,” he said.

– Bernama