Former Umno supreme council member Nazri Aziz has claimed that Umno members in Perak were offered RM20,000 to set up a Bersatu branch in the state.
The Padang Rengas Umno chief said Bersatu made the offer as the party faced a membership shortage at the grassroots level.
“I had said this before, Umno is really angry with the flower (Bersatu) in Perak because the village head and the local councillor (posts) were given to them even when they have no members,” he said.
“They stole our members. They gave money to our people. That’s true, RM20,000 for them to set up a branch. They have no members. Half of our members have been offered,” he told a press conference during the Padang Rengas Umno annual general assembly yesterday.
“Bersatu secretary-general (Hamzah Zainudin) wanted to set up 8,000 branches, (do you) think they can do it for free? It’s impossible when they want to do it in such a short time,” he said.
This issue is the main factor why his division of Umno refuses to cooperate with Bersatu ahead of the 15th general election, said Nazri as quoted by Sinar Harian.
“I will meet with Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi this Wednesday to convey our desire to him that Padang Regas Umno declines to work with Bersatu,” said the former tourism and culture minister.
“We want to strengthen Muafakat Nasional besides demanding for the next general election to be held as early as March or the latest by June,” he said.
Nazri’s Padang Rengas division was one of the 143 Umno divisions that said they refuse to work with Bersatu in the next general election. A total of 191 divisions held a simultaneous annual general assembly yesterday.
Umno is set to discuss its relationship with Bersatu at a supreme council meeting scheduled to be held this Wednesday.
It was reported also that Umno Youth chief Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki accused Bersatu of “stealing” and “buying” Umno members.
He urged Bersatu to stop this practice if it wants to save the cooperation between the two parties.
Bersatu information chief Wan Saiful Wan Jan later said his party might consider legal action over Asyraf’s accusation. – Malaysiakini