PETALING JAYA: Umno supreme council member Isham Jalil remains adamant about skipping its meeting on Wednesday (Dec 6).
In response to party president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi's call earlier in the day, Isham said he maintained his stance of protesting Umno's cooperation with DAP.
“I will protest and not attend the meeting to be chaired by him, where decisions are also vetoed by him,” Isham said on Facebook.
Isham said it is his second term on the supreme council so he knew what to expect from the meeting.
“If he (Ahmad Zahid) is sincere, maybe he can (meet) his own challenge of debating with me on neutral ground. If he is brave enough,” he added.
Isham also hoped Ahmad Zahid would stop being in denial about the state of Malay support for the party.
“Many Malays are rejecting Umno because of the president’s decision to go with Pakatan Harapan after GE15.
“If this continues, Umno will be destroyed in the coming years,” he said, while urging Ahmad Zahid to resign as president.
“If Datuk Seri resigns, I will also resign,” he added.
“Let’s (make the) sacrifice so that this sacred party can be saved while there’s still time."
Earlier, Ahmad Zahid said Isham had missed three supreme council meetings and urged him to attend Wednesday's meeting where he could explain his views to the party leadership in person.
Isham had recently said that any attempts to downplay the government’s defeat in Saturday's (Dec 2) Kemaman by-election would backfire.