UMNO is open to taking back former members who regret quitting the party, says party president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
Zahid revealed yesterday that several members have expressed regret for quitting and have since been ostracised by the people.
“Some of them regret it, Noh Omar knows that they want to come back (to the party),” he said, referring to the Tanjong Karang MP and former minister.
“In Islam we say ‘talak’ three times to get a divorce. We can say the first and the second time but due process must apply for the third.
Zahid said it is saddening that former members quit the party but did not get the intended results and have instead been set aside by voters.
“When they go back to their state or parliamentary constituencies, people ignore them. When they go for Friday prayers, nobody greets them, as if they are discarded waste (najis mughallazah),” he said.
After Barisan Nasional lost in the 14th general election last year, many of its lawmakers quit the coalition not long after.
Last December, six Umno MPs announced that they have quit the party.
They were Hulu Terengganu MP Rosol Wahid, Mersing’s Abdul Latiff Ahmad, Tasik Gelugor’s Shabudin Yahaya, Larut’s Hamzah Zainudin, Sabak Bernam’s Fasiah Mohd Fakeh and Tanah Merah’s Ikmal Hisham Abdul Aziz.
Before that in September, then Umno leader Mustapa Mohamed had quit the party after 40 years and joined Bersatu.
This was followed by the resignation of then Puteri Umno leader Mas Ermieyati Samsudin on July 1 last year. She then joined Bersatu on December 13. – THE MALAYSIAN INSIGHT
PAS received offer to form backdoor govt, says Hadi
PAS had received offers to form a backdoor government, said its president Abdul Hadi Awang last night.
Hadi made the revelation during his speech about the opposition’s victory at the Tg Piai by-election at the Muafakat Nasional Selangor ceramah last night.
Without naming who made the offer, Hadi said PAS rejected it and wants to win the right way, through the 15th general election in cooperation with Umno.
“There has been a good response (towards PAS-Umno pact) and this is a good political development, inshallah we will enter through the front door instead of the back.
Hadi further said the movement to establish a backdoor government with PAS has the Pakatan Harapan (PH) leadership worried.
“Some are afraid that there’ll be chaos when the backdoor is open.
“They are scared, and so there’s now confusion in PH,” he told some 600 PAS and Umno members during the ceramah.
The Islamist leader also said it is normal for political leaders to accept such offers, not for their own sake but for the country and the people.
“Us politicians will not let go of opportunities and that is normal. We are not greedy, we want to save the country instead,” Hadi said.
PH had claimed that former Umno vice-president and Sembrong MP Hishammuddin Hussein is attempting to form government without DAP and Amanah.
The plot, allegedly involving senior PH leaders, has been denied by Umno and Hishammuddin.
Hishammuddin, who is former defence minister, also denied he is attempting to scuttle plans for PKR president Anwar Ibrahim to succeed Dr Mahathir Mohamad as prime minister.
Talks of a backdoor government reached fever pitch when PKR deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali met with 17 BN lawmakers last Monday.
Azmin, who is economic affairs minister, said the meeting was normal and does not involve plans to prevent Anwar from becoming prime minister.
The opposition MPs had also said the meeting was about economic matters and allocations for their constituencies.