KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 12 — Umno secretary-general Tan Sri Annuar Musa said today Umno representatives are continuously being approached and “proposed” by other parties to jump ship.
He said he is facing a difficult time ensuring the party remains intact, as many have made the decision to leave Umno and join ruling party Pakatan Harapan.
“The current situation in Umno now is that our representatives are constantly being ‘proposed’. I keep receiving information continuously of people approaching our MPs and also our state assemblymen and some of them have already made up their mind and crossed over.
“I am having a tough time as the secretary-general to keep everybody together,” he told reporters when met at the Parliament lobby today.
Annuar said top Umno leaders continue to hold engagement sessions with the elected representatives and share information even as he acknowledged there was little they could do to stop members from quitting.
“Umno is a party that does not bind our MPs. There is not contract or agreement and it is entirely up to them [to leave].
“That sort of engagement is the only thing we can do, and we cannot force them. We can continue to engage with them and if they’re not happy over anything, we sit down and discuss and we move forward. So, it all depends on the individual,” he said.
On Umno’s Guar Chempedak assemblyman Datuk Ku Abdul Rahman Ku Ismail’s recent decision to leave the party, Annuar said the decision to quit the party would depend on the individual’s principles.
He claimed that certain elected representatives only place importance on financial allocation and found it difficult to fulfil their duties as members of the Opposition.
“The question of leaving and joining will be ongoing and it depends on the principles held by an individual as an MP.
“Some may feel they do not receive funds as an Opposition; therefore, it is difficult for them to fulfil their responsibilities. So, they use this as an excuse to leave the party on the pretence that it is for the benefit of the voters.
“But for some, it is not just about serving the people or implementing projects, but also about principles and stance,” he said.
Earlier, Ku Abdul Rahman had informed the Kedah state assembly of his resignation from Umno and his intention to stand as an independent beginning today.
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