KUALA KANGSAR: Umno members who left the party have been encouraged to form more new parties to take part in the next general election.
Umno supreme council member Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz said he felt that the emergence of new parties would help Umno to become stronger.
He said yesterday that these parties would be grouped under the Opposition, and that it would divide them.
“They will then be fighting among themselves for seats in the next general election,” he said, adding that he was hoping that former vice-president Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal would form his own party to rival that recently registered by former deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
“I may have differing views from the rest, because for me, the more parties set up by the betrayers, the better it is for Umno,” he told reporters at the Padang Renggas Umno division delegates’ meeting here.
Mohamed Nazri, who is the Padang Renggas MP, said the emphasis on being loyal to Umno must be stressed upon party leaders.
He said party members continued to be loyal but a majority of them who betrayed the party were leaders, like Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Muhyiddin, Shafie, Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir and Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz.
“These are some of the very good examples of party betrayers, and history has shown that those who betrayed an institution would fall at the end.
“Even if they regret or have thoughts of rejoining the party, they will not be able to rise to higher ranks within the party as betrayal is viewed by the community as despicable,” he added.
Using the analogy of Hang Tuah and Hang Jebat, Mohamed Nazri said the latter had to be sacrificed because he was a betrayer.
“Despite being Hang Jebat’s friend, Hang Tuah had to kill him to ensure the Malay Sultanate continued to exist.
“Similarly in the current situation, when the time comes, we need to sacrifice our friends to ensure unity within the party remains,” he added.