PETALING JAYA: Umno has filed a lawsuit against the parliamentarians who have left the party.
Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi revealed this during a dialogue with party members in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday (Dec 18) night, as reported by Malaysiakini.
"They need to know that they did not win on their own accord, they represented Umno under the banner of BN.
Dr Ahmad Zahid said that they won on the backs of “hardworking Umno members and machinery” and that they should be grateful for their victory, not hopping parties for their personal interest.
He also informed that the Umno headquarters filed a writ of summons to “demand compensation (from these MPs)” on Dec 14.
Dr Ahmad Zahid said the suit will demand a "large sum" from the defecting lawmakers.
"We will sue all of them not only based on the Election Offences Act 1954, but through all legal means.
"What they owe to Umno and its machinery must be repaid," he said. The party has been hit by a spate of resignations by elected representatives and division chiefs last week, with 11 MPs quitting Umno.
In total, the party has lost 17 MPs since the May 9 general election, reducing its parliamentary representation from 54 to just 37.
Those who resigned claimed the party lacked direction and blamed poor leadership for Umno's predicament.
Many had also wanted Dr Ahmad Zahid to step down as Umno president, which he refused to do.
Instead, he announced on Tuesday night that he would step aside and hand over duties to his deputy, Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan.
Meanwhile, Dr Ahmad Zahid in a live streaming on Facebook Umno Online explained that there were five camps in Umno now, one of which was of hardcore supporters who did not want the Malay party to ally with any other party, reports Bernama.
Of the other four, he said one wanted Umno to ally with Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu), another for the party to forge a collaboration with PKR, a pro-PAS camp and anti-DAP camp.
“In this respect, towards winning the 15th general election, I accede to the resolution adopted by the heads of Umno's wings and divisional leaders at their retreat for Umno not to join any party.
“We must play the role of opposition, rebuild our strength and regain our solidarity. As for working with the DAP, we reject it 100% ,” he said in the “Wacana U 3.0: Heart-to-Heart with the Umno President” programme held at Menara Dato Onn here Tuesday night.
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