‘Rudeness is not our culture’

PETALING JAYA: An unhealthy culture is emerging among some Umno members who use rude banners and insulting words to make their demands heard, says party deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan.

He criticised the way these members had openly called for Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to step down, saying “this is not our culture or part of Umno’s values.”

“My advice is to never disrespect the institution of the president... you should be courteous, ” he said in a statement yesterday.

Several police reports have been lodged over banners posted across the country urging Zahid to resign as Umno president.

Banners were also erected at two locations in Kuala Kangsar, and local Umno division chief Maslin Sham Razman said in a Facebook post that he will lodge a police report over the matter.

The banners are believed to have been put up ahead of the party elections scheduled for some time this year.

Mohamad said that members can have different opinions, aspirations or preferences as Umno practises democracy, but this should not lead to any form of infighting that could split the party.

Citing a Malay proverb, he said that people should think critically when following leaders but should also be decent in their struggle.

The former Negri Sembilan mentri besar also called on party members to remain united and find ways to be civil with one another.

“If there is a little crack between us, our opposing party will take this chance to split Umno and widen the crack, ” he said.

Umno’s Padang Rengas MP Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz said that these members should wait for the upcoming party polls if they want a leadership change instead of putting up banners urging Zahid to resign.

He said that the party constitution already gives ample space for members to exercise their rights in the party polls if they want a change of leaders.

“It is wrong to put up such banners. The party secretary-general has already said there will be party polls. Let us wait for that, ” said the Padang Rengas division chief.

Nazri said that his division was not involved in putting up such banners.

“Whatever you want to do, please wait until the Umno general assembly, ” he added.

Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan had earlier said that an appropriate date will be fixed to hold party elections sometime this year.

Umno elections are held every three years.

In 2018, Zahid was elected president while Mohamad was elected deputy president.

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