The Umno deputy president describes these foes as very cunning in their behaviour.
UMNO AGM | Umno deputy president Mohamad Hasan has cautioned his party to be wary of its real enemy – the hidden enemy – that can pose a threat in destroying the party from within.
“Umno must not be confused about who is our real enemy. This is because it is easier to face an obvious enemy than confront the hidden enemy.
“Umno should already know who they are, even without saying it here. But, remember, our enemy is very cunning and willing to do anything to destroy us,” he said when officiating at the annual assembly of Youth, Wanita, and Puteri party wings.
“Umno must deal with those who pretend to support us but their souls have been bought cheaply,” added Mohamad.
He stopped short of naming any individuals but gave some hints on the identity of these people.
“They still need Umno to shelter them, but they gave their love and hearts to others. They have been clouded by materialistic pleasure.
“For them, Umno is no more than a ride – when (the party) is strong, they will stay close (to Umno), but when it is weak, they simply give in,” he said.
Mohamad, the former Negeri Sembilan menteri besar, urged the party to stay united.
“Umno must not split. Stop all these ‘clustering’ which does no good (to anyone),” he said.
He also described the coming general election as the “mother of all battles”.
As such, he said the GE15 would provide Umno the opportunity to regain its respect which was damaged in the previous election.
“Umno must return to become the government through a democratic process based on the people’s mandate.”
On Umno electoral seats, he said these seats are “not for us to let go in order to give a lifeline to any quarter”.
“Umno will not gamble on any of these (seats). These are Umno seats, be it in the past, present, or in the future.”
In 2018 general election, Umno only won 54 parliamentary seats out of 120, down from 88 in the 2013 election.
Yesterday, Mohamad said the party aimed to win at least 70 parliamentary seats in the next polls.
As Mohamad made the call for factions in Umno to close ranks, former BN secretary-general and Federal Territories Minister Annuar Musa accused the party’s leadership of suppressing dissenting opinions in the two-day Umno general assembly, which began today.
Annuar alleged that the party had replaced all speakers with those approved by Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who has been pushing to sever ties with Bersatu and PN in the next general election.
The Umno AGM this weekend is for 2020, which was delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Umno is expected to hold its AGM for 2021 later this year, which is expected to see party elections.