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Disagreements welcome but no questioning of party integrity, says Zahid

The Umno president says there must never be hidden enemies within the party.

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Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (centre) flanked by his deputy Mohamad Hasan arrives at the World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur for the party's 2022 general assembly, Jan 13. Photo: Bernama
Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (centre) flanked by his deputy Mohamad Hasan arrives at the World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur for the party's 2022 general assembly, Jan 13. Photo: Bernama

Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi says while he welcomes differences of opinion among party members, he will not compromise on them questioning the party’s integrity.

Zahid, who is also deputy prime minister, said this was because he placed great importance on party unity. 

"I welcome differences of opinion, go ahead and air them, but when (they) touch on party integrity, I will no longer compromise on this. What is important is unity within the party. 

"Having the same mindset and conscience within the leadership and making consolidated efforts in the implementation of the party machinery must be prioritised. 

"This may be difficult to understand, but not difficult for me to implement," he said on Bernama TV’s Ruang Bicara programme last night. 

Zahid also said that there must never be hidden enemies within the party. 

"The attacks do not only come from outside (the party). We know who our enemies are out there, but we also know those who 'baling batu sembunyi tangan'," he said, using a Malay proverb describing a person who doesn’t want to be responsible for his actions or words.

"But I do have to give them the benefit of the doubt when it comes to this. As someone who has been entrusted with leading the largest party representing the Malays and Islam, do I want to see this situation fester? 

"I have to strive harder, and it’s not because I hate anyone. There is not even a molecule of hatred towards any individual, but the party must be saved," Zahid added.

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