KOTA TINGGI â€“ Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi today called on UMNO members, especially those who no longer hold posts, to come back to the party, helmed by the Malays and not to destroy UMNO.
Ahmad Zahid, who is UMNO vice-president, said each UMNO member should be reminded that they were not great because the post they held was because of the party and grassroot support they received.
“We sit down here as DPM and MB because of UMNO. So when we no longer hold posts, why must we resort to instigation when we need to continue to strengthen UMNO.
“Do not make decisions in anger as sometimes the decisions made are not rational. So remember we are not great but we were empowered by UMNO,” he said.
Ahmad Zahid said this when opening the Kota Tinggi UMNO division meeting at Felda Lok Heng Timur, here today.
Also present were Johor UMNO Liaison Committee chairman Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin, Johor UMNO Liaison Committee secretary Md Jais Sarday and Kota Tinggi UMNO division head Datuk Daing A.Malek Daing A. Rahaman.
In this regard, Ahmad Zahid said there was a need for reciprocity among UMNO top leaders and the grassroots to re-energise the party and win the hearts of the people for the coming general election.
He said cordial relations between the two groups were important to overcome any problems as it was impossible to resolve anything without reciprocity from both sides.
“It would be impossible for leaders to be at the top when there is nothing below (grassroot). The one below also needs the top,” he said, adding that both sides should consolidate their resolve to address party problems.
According to Ahmad Zahid all sides should be aware that not only UMNO is facing problems, in fact the opposition was also facing the same problem in their respective parties as party problems is a lifecycle in politics.
In this regard, he also reminded all parties not to be consumed by the instigations and slanders of certain parties out to split the party by using current issues such as 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).
Ahmad Zahid said he supported the Johor UMNO’s idea of continuing to investigate IMDB to the end as pledged by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
“Whatever the issue, we on the outside should not be taken by calls of incitement.
“We read items on social media that have no credibility, but merely repeating lies, but it will become credible when it goes viral,” he stressed.
Ahmad Zahid who was granted an audience by the Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Almarhum Sultan Iskandar before attending the UMNO meeting opening ceremony, also conveyed the hope of the Sultan for the Malays to remain united.
“This morning, I met the Sultan of Johor and he said UMNO was born in Istana Besar on May 11 1946. The Sultan is not a politician and does not wish to interfere but hope the Malays will be united,” he said and was confident only UMNO could unite the Malays.- BERNAMA