PETALING JAYA: In a cryptic post on his Facebook page, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said that "their evil must not make us lose our good".
The post was accompanied by a picture of Hishammuddin consoling a Wanita Umno member in tears.
This was the first time the Sembrong MP has said anything since the announcement that he was suspended from the party his grandfather Datuk Onn Jaafar started back in 1946.
It is not known when the picture was taken, but the post was undoubtedly referring to his six-year suspension by the Umno supreme council on Friday (Jan 27) night.
Hishammuddin, who has been quite vocal against Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, was allegedly one of the 10 Barisan Nasional MPs who signed support for Perikatan Nasional chairman Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to be the 10th prime minister after the last general election.
The 10, however, retracted the support, after Barisan chair and Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said that Barisan would support Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as the 10th Prime Minister en bloc.
Meanwhile, Jempol Umno division chief Datuk Seri Mohd Salim Sharif said that he did not know what he did wrong to deserve the six-year suspension.
"I supported the party and worked throughout the election supporting the candidate until he won. No one can say that I betrayed the party in any way.
"My social media is proof of my loyalty, despite me being dropped as a candidate during the last general election.
"I have been with Umno for 35 years and I am trying to figure out what wrong I’ve done that I am being treated in such a degraded manner," said Mohd Salim when contacted.
He said for now he would wait for the letter and then use the right channel to appeal, as he was currently busy looking after his wife who is in a coma in an ICU in Kuala Lumpur.
"I have asked the Jempol Umno members to remain calm. Let me get my letter first," said Mohd Salim.
At a late night meeting on Friday (Jan 27) night, the Umno supreme council sacked former Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin and supreme council member Tan Sri Noh Omar.
Former Umno information chief Shahril Hamdan, former Youth exco member Datuk Dr Fathul Bari Mat Jahya, former Johor state exco member and Tebrau Umno division chief Datuk Maulizan Bujang and former Jempol MP Datuk Seri Mohd Salim Mohd Shariff were also suspended for six years.