KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): Umno deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan has explained that a viral photograph of several senior party leaders, including him, with Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, is an old picture and that he will remain loyal to Umno.
“It is an old photograph, I will not switch parties,” he said about the photo which showed him, Tan Sri Noh Omar, Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, Datuk Seri Dr Shahidan Kassim and Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin with Dr Mahathir.
Mohamad said in a statement that the photograph was taken after Dr Mahathir returned from a visit to Britain and the United Nations from Sept 22 to Oct 1 this year.
Mohamad said they had met Dr Mahathir with the aim of reviving the 72-year-old Umno after the defeat of Barisan Nasional in the 14th general election in May.
“The Umno supreme council members had made the courtesy call (on Dr Mahathir) to discuss the current political situation.
"We sought clarification on his statement in New York that Umno will collapse. I appealed to Dr Mahathir not to dissolve Umno,” he said.The photo was circulated by certain parties in the belief that the Umno senior leaders had met Dr Mahathir with the aim of leaving the party after the exodus of Sabah Umno leaders on Wednesday (Dec 12). - Bernama