Monday September 10, 2012
Umno putting premium on loyalty due to bitter lesson
PETALING JAYA: Umno is placing so much emphasis on loyalty in the run-up to the general election because of the bitter experience of 2008, according to its secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor.
He recalled the many incidents of sabotage during that polls when disappointed members worked against the party and Barisan Nasional, with some supporting Opposition candidates and the Independents.
“We had cases of election machinery not working and operations rooms being closed because certain elected representatives were dropped while other hopefuls were not chosen as candidates.
“Such acts of sabotage had cost us and we are determined not to let this happen again,” he said. “We will act against saboteurs and have them removed from the party.”
Tengku Adnan said members now realised the importance of being loyal to the party and not let disappointment get the better of them.
“They have seen what happened and realised it (sabotage) did not do any good,” he added.
Meanwhile, PBS information chief Datuk Johnny Mositun recounted the case of a member who had gone against the party after the person he had lobbied for was not selected as a candidate.
“He threatened the party and was eventually sacked from PBS,” he said.
Barisan parties back sacking of saboteurs in general election