KUALA LUMPUR: The entry of former Umno members in Pakatan Harapan (PH) can assist the government to attain two thirds majority in Parliament, thus will smoothen the process of passing legislations.
Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) supreme council member Dr Muhammad Faiz Na’aman said if the process is hindered, many New Malaysia reforms and agenda may not be realised.
“The grassroots of Bersatu need to open their hearts and open the party to those who are eligible in terms of the party’s constitution and regulations.
“If at one time, we criticised Umno for preventing the entry of new members especially those who are better qualified to lead, we hope we do not repeat the same mistake in Bersatu. We should believe in our own capability.
This is democracy,” he said in a statement yesterday. Sabah Umno is facing a crisis after several leaders, including its elected representatives, announced they were quitting the party to become independents and then later join Bersatu.
The six Umno MPs who left the party were Datuk Rosol Wahid (Hulu Terengganu), Datuk Dr Latiff Ahmad (Mersing), Datuk Shabudin Yahaya (Tasek Gelugor), Datuk Mohd Fasiah Mohd Fakeh (Sabak Bernam), Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin (Larut) and Datuk Seri Ikmal Hisham Abdul Aziz (Tanah Merah). Among their reasons to quit was loss of confidence in the leadership of Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
Earlier, almost the entire leadership of Sabah Umno, including its chairman Datuk Seri Hajiji Mohd Noor announced quitting the party.
They included five MPs, nine assemblymen, two Senators and 21 division heads in the state. Muhammad Faiz said all parties should be calm and not overreact as Bersatu had a bigger agenda for the government and country to move forward.
Yesterday, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad defended his decision to accept the former Umno leaders to join Bersatu, despite uneasiness among other Pakatan Harapan component parties. – Bernama