Not every Umno MP who wants in will get in, says Bersatu president

Alfian Z.M. Tahir

Bersatu president Muhyiddin Yassin says many Umno members have spoken to him and the party chairman about joining the party. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, October 30, 2018.

BERSATU president Muhyiddin Yassin said Umno members, including MPs, have met him and party chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad about joining their party
Muhyiddin said the party, however, would not indiscriminately accept all who wanted in.

“Many have come to see me and Dr Mahathir. They tell us many sort of stories and they tell us how they feel but I cannot reveal all this.”

“Although we practice an open policy, meaning anyone can join our party and it does not matter if he or she is an MP or an ordinary member of Umno, but we will see if they are suitable or not for membership.” 

“If they are not suitable then we will not accept them. We will not bring Umno’s culture into Bersatu,” Muhyiddin said after launching the party’sTitiwangsa division meeting yesterday night.

His comments come after Bersatu supreme councillor A. Kadir Jasin revealed 40 Umno members of Parliament could defect to Bersatu.

Kadir had cautioned that some of these would-be Bersatu members had issues which warranted investigation,
He said Bersatu membership should not be viewed as a means to evade the law.

“Those within Umno looking to join Bersatu are not the same as Mustapa Mohamed, who held key positions within the party and in government.

“Anyone looking to join Bersatu is bound to conditions; no exceptions will be made. Bersatu also makes no promises of positions to them,” he said.

Perak DAP had called on the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to investigate the matter

Its vice-chairman Abdul Aziz Bari was commenting on a claim that 40 MPs may leave Umno to join Bersatu and avoid possible corruption charges.

“Nevertheless, it is not something good in a moral sense. They were elected on their party tickets and if they cross over, it will not be healthy for the nation’s political stability.

“What promises were made to them? I feel the MACC can investigate this speculation and scrutinise the developments,” he said after opening a meeting of delegates of Peninsular Malaysia Union of Administrative Assistants  (Education) yesterday. – October 30, 2018.

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  • Get ready for the ;dance; of the ;turncoats' traitors'. In all fairness Bersatu should get the green light of the other three major parties in the government before they accept someone as members. With money these losers' can buy support..Out of disgust many Malays will join DAP, the only party that sticks to principles.

    Posted 5 years ago by Shaikh karim · Reply

  • Yes, I agree... as a coalition partner, Bersatu should get the views and endorsements from the 3 other parties before accepting the dumno MPs as normal members only..

    Posted 5 years ago by TTs Take · Reply