Letting backstabbers return will destroy Umno, says Ku Li

Veteran politician Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah is worried that Umno will be destroyed if it is not firm in enforcing discipline, despite demands that the party leadership accept former members or retract its punishment.

(FMT) – The political icon, who is also known as Ku Li, warned Umno that it invites disaster if it accepts “backstabbers”, simply because of the coming state elections.

“Discipline must be enforced. If we just let them do what they want … destruction,” he told FMT while at the Umno general assembly on Saturday.

Tengku Razaleigh, who rejoined the party in 1996 after his splinter party Semangat 46 was dissolved, believes that bringing the “backstabbers” back in will not help any parties.

His comments come in the wake of remarks by Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi at the general assembly that the party is ready to accept sacked and suspended members if they made an appeal and allow due process to take its course.

However, he also said their actions after being punished would show whether or not they are loyal or will destroy the party.

Zahid’s statement came after many delegates urged the party’s top brass to remember that many of those who were sacked still love Umno and that the party should not break apart.