There is no decision yet by Umno regarding any form of cooperation with Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, says party information chief Datuk Dr Shamsul Anuar Nasarah.
He said it was irresponsible and wrong for Umno supreme council member Datuk Lokman Noor Adam to expose internal party discussions to the public, especially when it was what he claimed was a wrong impression of the matter.
“We want to stress that Umno will not cooperate with any party – especially Pakatan Harapan component parties – as long as they share political power with DAP. Umno will reject any form of cooperation involving DAP,” he said in a statement on Tuesday (Feb 4).
Shamsul said that any alleged attempt to twist the facts – including making a public statement – was unprofessional and would damage the image of Umno.
“All party decisions will go through the proper and appropriate channels. The party president and top party leadership would never make any decision that sidelines the interests of the party,” said Shamsul.
He explained that any discussion must follow what was finalised by the Umno supreme council.
“This process was clearly done by the president responsibly,” he said.
Lokman had slammed party president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi for allegedly wanting to cooperate with Dr Mahathir.
In an apparent disagreement with such a move, Lokman described Dr Ahmad Zahid as “weak”.
This is following an audio clip of a recording allegedly of Dr Ahmad Zahid asking to form a new cooperation with Dr Mahathir that went viral online.