Umno deputy president Mohamad Hasan has spoken out against the manner in which some party members have called on party president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to step down.
He noted that rude and insulting banners have been put up to demand Zahid step aside, stressing that this did not represent Malay culture or Umno.
While Mohamad did not defend Zahid’s conduct, he said there was a need to be respectful and courteous.
“My advice is not to disrespect the institution of the presidency which should be treated with courtesy and decency.
“We can have a difference in opinion, aspiration or preference because Umno is democratic but do not engage in quarrels that could split Umno,” he said.
Citing a Malay proverb, he said people should think critically when following leaders but should also be decent in their fight.
He said the party need to return to an era where differences in Umno can be sorted out in a courteous manner.
He added that Umno must also be restored to an era where it is respected and speak for Malay and Malaysians and not a party that is obsessed with power and position. MKINI
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“Our own discontent will give opportunity for our enemies to break us,” he said in a Facebook post..
Paya Besar Umno division chief Ahmad Tajuddin also urged Zahid to resign last Friday.
An e-book citing 30 reasons why Zahid should quit has also been circulated.
Among the reasons are that the former deputy prime minister’s faces corruption charges in court and a liability to Umno as the party cannot name him as a prime minister candidate.
Banners and buntings calling for Zahid’s resignation have also emerged in some areas.
Mohamad said all these were an “unhealthy culture” and should be stopped, as none of it would benefit Umno.
Zahid is facing these calls as Umno prepares for party elections this year, on a date yet to be announced.
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