UMNO Members Must Remain Calm And Not Make Hasty Decision, Says Muhyiddin
He said they should act wisely and with courtesy so that the situation would not become worse.
Expressing shock at the resignation of former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as an Umno member yesterday, the International Trade and Industry Minister said it was important for Umno members to look after the wellbeing of the party and the position of the Malays because the component parties of the Barisan Nasional (BN) would lose confidence in the coalition if Umno continued to face problems.
"If there is any message from the shocking move, what needs to be done is through the democratic process in the party through discussions and consensus. If they are dissatisfied, there are ways of resolving it such as through the party election process where members can make suggestions to resolve the crisis in Umno," he told reporters.
Muhyiddin said this when commenting on Dr Mahathir's resignation as an Umno member because the former Umno president felt that the party could no longer function as a political party to champion the cause of the Malays which was the original objective in setting up the party.
Describing the situation as critical, Muhyiddin said Dr Mahathir's resignation would have an impact on several quarters and as such, Umno members must be careful so that Malay solidarity was not affected.
"If everyone were to take similar action, there will be no one left in Umno. Who will then champion the cause of the Malays? What will happen to our leadership in the Barisan Nasional and government?" he said when asked if there were Umno members in Johor who would also resign following Dr Mahathir's resignation.
He said there must be a mechanism to resolve the problem so that it would not develop into a prolonged crisis.
Commenting on the statement by former deputy prime minister and Umno deputy president Tun Musa Hitam who described the decision as "the removal of the thorn in the flesh", Muhyiddin said: "It is Tun Musa Hitam's (personal) opinion. There are still many Umno members who respect Dr Mahathir's views."
Muhyiddin, who had led a trade and investment mission to the United States which ended on Monday, said Umno needed a strong leadership to end the political crisis. (Bernama)
***** Umno members should be glad and relieved that Dr Mahathir has resigned from the party. They should also take heed of what Tun Musa Hitam said when he described Dr M's decision as "the removal of the thorn in the flesh." How true.