KUALA LUMPUR: Umno is not afraid of any “mass exodus” of party members to Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM), said Umno supreme council member Datuk Seri Nazri Abdul Aziz.
He said splinter parties such as PPBM could never compete with the main political parties in the country.
He said many of these parties were built around the cult of personality of their leaders without any clear ideologies.
“The leaders who set up these parties formed them in anger. There is no struggle (perjuangan), only the struggle for revenge.
“Why must the rest of us follow these leaders just so they could play out their revenge?” he said.
He said this to the media after attending the Akademi Seni Budaya Dan Warisan Kebangsaan’s (Aswara) 12th convocation ceremony here on Monday.
Nazri, who is also Tourism and Culture Minister, said that the leaders forming the splinter parties lacked principles.
“It’s all personal. If we look at the past leaders who betrayed their party and formed a splinter party, they all failed and just fell off the radar.
“In the end, they re-joined Umno, there would be hugs. It’s normal, it’s all drama,” he said.
On PPBM president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Parti Warisan Sabah chief Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal, Nazri said it would not be impossible for them to return to Umno.
“No one would have thought (in the past) that Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad would hug DAP’s Lim Kit Siang.
“No one dreamed it would happen.
“Politics is the art of the possible,” Nazri said, adding that he predicted that down the road, a reconciliation could happen.