BAGAN DATUK – Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has told former Umno leaders that “karma will somehow hit you back” if they continued insulting the party that made them great.
Clearly alluding to former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Zahid said that former leaders should repay the party instead of stabbing them in the back.
“There are some leaders out there who feel so inferior and they always talk about the past achievements. If that’s not enough, they undermine the current leadership.
“Enough la, enough la. We admit you’ve done a lot for the party but it’s time to move on. There is something called karma.
“If you insult someone, someone will insult you back. If you disgrace someone, someone will disgrace you back. Karma will somehow hit you back,” he said to the Bagan Datuk Umno veteran members in a meeting here on Saturday.
Dr Ahmad Zahid said he always reminded the party members to appreciate the contributions of the veterans and support the initiatives of new members.
He said in the past, he used to be ostracised by many leaders during his time as Bagan Datuk Umno youth chief but he weathered the storm to become an influential leader in the party.
“To the young politicians, don’t sulk because you’re not getting what you want. You will get your reward if your patient. If I wasn’t patient, I wouldn’t be here today,” he said.
Umno veteran chairman Tan Sri Tajol Rosli who also graced the event said Bagan Datuk and Perak is lucky to have Dr Ahmad Zahid as a deputy prime minister.
Dr Ahmad Zahid also shared his experience with Tajol by saying that the former Perak Mentri Besar was the reason why he had a life in politics again.
“For your information, Tan Sri (Tajol) was the one who signed the ISA form. I know he did it with a heavy heart but he had to follow instructions. He was the Deputy Home Minister at the time.
“However, he gave me the political life again by getting me into politics and pushing me to become Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s political secretary in the late 90s,” added Zahid, who was arrested under the Internal Security Act (ISA) in 1998.