Umno’s Zein Isma Ismail says Umno is not worried by PPBM as the former PM has no integrity and principle


KUALA LUMPUR: Dr Mahathir Mohamad lacks principles as his mission to oust Prime Minister Najib Razak is not based on integrity but pure hatred, said Selangor Umno information chief Zein Isma Ismail.

The veteran Umno leader said the former prime minister was the one who demonised DAP and threw his deputy Anwar Ibrahim in jail but had to sell his soul back to his former enemies just to fulfill his desire.

“Lim Kit Siang has principles; Anwar Ibrahim has principles. PAS, DAP have their own principles but Mahathir has no principles at all. His aim is to bring down Najib Razak. He tried when he was in the party (Umno) but failed, and now he quit the party and is trying to do it with the opposition,” he said.

“He demonised Lim Kit Siang and Anwar Ibrahim once upon a time. Mahathir is now selling his soul to them because of ill-will, hatred and jealousy. This is not right,” Zein Isma told Berita Daily in an interview.

Mahathir, who ruled the country for 22 years, is now Prime Minister and Umno president Najib’s nemesis and has repeatedly called for his resignation.

He has been touring the country with opposition lawmakers in his bid to gain support from the people to push for the removal of Najib.

He has also formed a race-based party, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM), together with several Umno leaders who either quit or were sacked from the party, including Najib’s former deputy Muhyiddin Yassin.

Commenting on PPBM, Zein Isma, who is also Subang Umno division chief, said the party could not match Umno’s ability to care for the Malays.

He added that he was relieved that Mahathir had formed a new party as Umno does not need parasites in the party.

“When PPBM was created, I was happy. Finally, those who are unhappy can leave the party. Parasites don’t belong in Umno.

“I am not worried at all with PPBM. Umno is still Umno. A party that was created based on principles, same as PAS and DAP. But PPBM was created because Mahathir wants power,” Zein Isma said.

Zein Isma alleged that Muhyiddin was tricked by Mahathir into believing that Najib had done wrong.

He said Muhyiddin was promised that he would be named the opposition’s prime minister candidate but soon realised that he had been fooled.

“Muhyiddin was tricked into believing that Najib was wrong by Mahathir. He is frustrated and I know deep down that Muhyiddin is still an Umno man.

“The only mistake he has done is he had gone a little too far by quitting Umno and slamming Najib for alleged corruption,” he added.