Umno information chief hits out for working with Opposition

Umno information chief
Umno youth deputy chief Shahril Hamdan give his speech during in youth meeting inconjuction of Umno General Assembly at Putra World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur. FAIHAN GHANI/The Star.

KUALA LUMPUR: Gua Musang MP Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah was hit by Umno information chief Shahril Hamdan (pic) for allegedly not following party discipline and for not endorsing the recently passed Budget 2021.

Without mentioning the name of Tengku Razaleigh specifically, Shahril said he did not understand the move made by a “senior and influential” lawmaker with the title of party advisor, who had openly held a press conference with the leader of the Opposition.

Imagine, what would the reaction be if it were another person who did the same thing?

Or what if, without the permission of the party president or the supreme council, an Umno lawmaker or any Umno leader openly builds a campaign, calls the media together with opposing parties?

Would it set a good example here? Will this boost the party’s situation? Certainly not,’ he said Wednesday in a press release (Dec 16).

A joint press conference with former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was held on Monday (Dec 14) by Tengku Razaleigh. In addition, he is also chairman of Umno’s council of advisers.

The two old-time rivals said that if Budget 2021 failed to be passed and the Perikatan Nasional government collapsed. They would be willing to join a’ unity government.’

As part of the political new norm” of Umno, Shahril said the party should not normalise such incidents.

That’s why I’m voicing this out so there won’t be similar accidents as though nothing is odd.

“It’s gotta end. Discipline and integrity within the party must be protected in the midst of Umno trying to look for its next move,” he said.


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