KUALA LUMPUR, March 1 – The Cheras Umno chief has labelled DAP Opposition leader Lim Kit Siang as the “father of dividing people” for questioning the March 8 Umno division meeting’s need to show solidarity for Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
Datuk Seri Syed Ali Alhabshee said Lim was always envious of and prejudiced against Barisan Nasional (BN) and Umno leaders. Syed Ali said there was no truth to the claim that Najib was not getting support from Umno division chiefs and members. He said Umno members always stood behind their president, adding that Lim never liked the solidarity of the leaders of Malays, like those in Umno.
“The move by Umno division chiefs to hold a solidarity gathering has caused Lim Kit Siang to have sleepless nights. Hence, he makes accusations that Najib is not getting the support of Umno leaders. “Lim’s bad attitude was evident when 170 of 191 Umno division chiefs agreed to attend the gathering on March 8 in support of the leadership of Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Razak and solidarity in the party,” Syed Ali wrote in his blog today.
He added that Lim’s remarks in his statement also showed that he was afraid upon seeing the sudden show of solidarity by Umno leaders. The reason for the gathering, according to Syed Ali, was to show Lim that Umno was not divided and was “solid” in supporting Najib.
He also wanted Lim to “open his eyes” and refrain from continuously defaming the Prime Minister. “If possible, DAP wants to see Umno leaders divided so that it is easy for DAP to divide the rakyat. “The rakyat already recognise Lim, who only knows how to bark and always sees the good done by Umno as threatening the future of DAP that does not want the rakyat to be united.”
In his statement, Lim questioned the need for the meeting, saying it was extraordinary that it was called to show support for Najib and for Umno leaders not to “ditch” him. “Is there a sudden sea-change in Umno politics that Najib’s position could suddenly be so vulnerable at the Umno divisional meetings on March 8? “There is no doubt that Najib is facing an unprecedented siege, both locally and internationally,” said Lim.