ALOR SETAR – Umno members and leaders should not to use the party as a ‘bourse’ to gain profit or for personal interests, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
Ahmad Zahid, who is also Umno vice-president but discharging the duties of deputy president following the sacking of Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, said those who use political warfare to obtain ‘ghanimah’ (war booty) would only ruin the party.
“In political warfare, one is looking ‘ghanimah’ or returns in politics. If no ‘ghanimah’ is obtained, then member will put up a silent protest that could lead to the destruction of the party.
“When personal interest is prioritised and politics becomes a platform to obtain the ghanimah, there will come a time when the destruction of a party will take place not from the outside, but from inside,” he said.
He was speaking to reporters after opening the Pokok Sena Umno division delegates meeting here Saturday.
Also present was the division’s deputy chief Datuk Ariffin Man.
Thus, Ahmad Zahid said the 70-year-old political party (Umno) was not a bourse for making profit, instead it was now a social institution for the Malays and the backbone of Barisan Nasional, a coaltions that fights for the interests of Malaysia’s plural society.
Meanwhile, Ahmad Zahid urged all Umno members to put aside negativity and instead think of seeking leaders with qualities, not those who climb up because of money politics.
“We want leaders with (great) leadership qualities, authentic, real and not someone who puts personal interest over other things,” he said.
At the event, Ahmad Zahid also announced approval for a multi-purpose hall to be built in Pokok Sena and a RM2 million allocation for small projects in the district.