PETALING JAYA: Bersatu reminded Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob last night that the support the party was providing him was conditional.
This clause would be highlighted at ceramahs in the run-up to the Johor elections, the party’s information chief, Wan Saiful Wan Jan, said.
Wan Saiful also reminded Ismail that it was Bersatu who nominated him for the prime minister’s post after Muhyiddin Yassin resigned.
“We need to remember that Ismail is the prime minister today not because of Umno. Umno never nominated him.
“They wanted Zahid (Ahmad Zahid Hamidi),” he said, referring to the Umno president. Ismail is an Umno vice-president.
Speaking at a Perikatan Nasional ceramah in Muar, Wan Saiful also said Bersatu wanted Ismail to continue what his predecessor had done – to.ensure that the welfare of the people was taken care of.
He said Muhyiddin was the “best example” of a leader who looked after the people, adding that “never before was a huge allocation set aside to help the people in the history of the nation”.
Wan Saiful also claimed that Umno’s “court cluster” – the term used to describe party leaders who had been hauled to court – did not care for Ismail’s efforts to administer the country successfully.
He said this group was only focused on saving themselves.
“They are focused on grabbing power and bringing everyone down, including those who helped them advance,” he said.
Umno and Bersatu have been at odds even before the fall of the previous Perikatan Nasional government. Umno has said it would not work with Bersatu at the next elections.