A PPBM Supreme Council member has criticised his Umno counterpart for describing former prime minister Najib Razak’s conviction as an act of “vengeance”.
In a statement, Faiz Na’aman said Puad Zarkashi’s remarks were careless and instigative.
Yesterday, Puad claimed what had befallen Najib was an act of vengeance and that PPBM president Muhyiddin Yassin would be “happy” that Najib had been found guilty of all seven counts of corruption in relation with RM42 million belonging to former 1MDB unit SRC International.
Faiz pointed out that Najib’s corruption trials began before Muhyiddin became prime minister.
“In fact, the former prime minister (Najib) himself openly said he wants to face trial to prove his innocence. So where is the vengeance?
“Does Puad want Muhyiddin to interfere in the court case because the Pekan MP supports the prime minister?”
Faiz said there was a need for people to understand the separation of powers and respect the independence of the courts.
He called on the leaders of Muafakat Nasional, the alliance of Umno and PAS, to be patient, rational and mature in their comments.
Faiz also questioned Puad’s repeated statements that undermine the Perikatan Nasional government led by Muhyiddin.
Muhyiddin has a fragile majority in the Dewan Rakyat, commanding the support of 113 MPs to the opposition’s 109 MPs.
Faiz said Puad’s statements threatened unity in PN, a coalition of coalitions and diverse parties.
“It appears Puad is very uncomfortable with the PN government which was formed after the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong appointed Muhyiddin as the eighth prime minister.
“The statements coming out from him have been ‘friendly-fire’ in nature rather than trying to strengthen the consensus that the majority of Malaysians, particularly the bumiputera community, wants.
“Is Puad being disrespectful of the position and decision of his own party president who has agreed to the formation of the new government?” he said.
The PN ruling coalition comprises Bersatu, PKR defectors, BN, PAS, GPS, PBS and STAR.
Puad is part of a faction within Umno that is unhappy having to play second fiddle to Bersatu in the coalition.
They believe Umno, which has more seats in the Dewan Rakyat, should be the dominant force and believe that Umno can comfortably take on Bersatu in the next general election instead of having to make concessions.