Veteran newsman A Kadir Jasin today warned Pakatan Harapan leaders, especially PPBM, against being too easy in allowing former Umno leaders to become party members just to add to party numbers.
Kadir said PH should first study and understand the background of the leaders they intend to accept into their fold.
He said there were former Umno leaders who no longer have any value in their party but are being accepted into PPBM. This was also hailed as a big success.
“I wish to plead with those who are overzealous in courting ex-Umno leaders to join PPBM to be careful and prevent the party from becoming a cheap party.
“This process will weaken the spirit of present members, especially the young ones.
“Remember, while they may have left Umno to join or support us, they were once our political enemies. Now they want to join us because their party is in shambles.
“Whose fault is it if not their own?” he asked in a blog posting today.
The PPBM Supreme Council member said priority should be given to PH’s own leaders and members who have fought hard and taken huge risks.
“We must take good care of our own people before we even consider taking in those who knock on our doors only after we have won.
“Yes, there are former Umno leaders and members who join us out of sincerity, but there are also those who are opportunistic and looking for protection.
“Please be wary. Our victory on May 9 is too precious to be sacrificed.”
Just last week, 30 elected representatives, senators and division heads in Sabah announced they were leaving Umno, effectively crippling the party’s state chapter established in 1991.
The announcement was made by Sabah Umno chief and Sulaman assemblyman Hajiji Mohd Noor, who quit the party to become an independent and pledged full support for Mahathir’s government, along with the rest of the group.
Apart from Hajiji, the other Umno assemblymen who quit were Musbah Jamli (Tempasuk), Japlin Akin (Usukan), Ghulam Haidar Khan Bahada (Kawang), Mohd Arifin Mohd Arif (Membakut), Isnin Aliasnih (Klias), Matbali Musbah (Lumadan), Masidi Manjun (Karanaan), Nizam Abu Bakar Titingan (Apas).
The MPs meanwhile are Abdul Rahim Bakri (Kudat), Azizah Mohd Dun (Beaufort), Ronald Kiandee (Beluran) and Zakaria Mohd Edris (Libaran).
They were joined by two senators, Penampang Umno chief John Ambrose and Pensiangan Umno chief Ghani Yassin.
Later last week, several other Umno MPs announced their departure from Umno.
Kadir said Umno’s internal troubles are not expected to be resolved quickly and could possibly worsen.
He pointed out that there was increasing pressure for Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to resign or go on leave until his court cases are resolved
Kadir said Zahid is safe for now as the process to call for a general meeting will take time.
“His court cases won’t be resolved so soon.
“At the same time, without capable leaders, it is hard for Umno to retain support of its grassroots members.
“Aside from one or two, it could be said that the majority of the leaders still in Umno are from among those who are vocal but lack discretion,” he said.
Kadir said Umno was now in a critical stage. Without a transfusion, it will die “due to a lack of blood or suffer from bad anaemia”.
“Let us not even talk about Barisan Nasional. Umno is too weak to care about it, while MCA wants it to be abolished,” he added. – FMT