TEMERLOH - It is the responsibility of Umno members to defend the party from attacks by former leaders, said party vice-president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
Likening Umno to a house, he said those who already left were now trying to destroy the home in which they once resided.
“As warriors, we shouldn't just stand behind our leaders. We must stand by their side with our spears, lances and sniper rifles,” he said at the opening of the Temerloh Umno division delegates meeting here yesterday.
“We have to defend our house when people throw faeces at it. I cannot sit idly by when people are chucking spears at our leader. I will pick it up and throw it back at them,” he said.
In an apparent reference to former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Dr Ahmad Zahid said the former leader should have just sat quietly “outside the Umno house now that he is no longer paying rent”.
“Pak Lah has never thrown stones at our house. Pak Lah has never taken a saw and cut away at the house’s columns,” he said referring to Dr Mahathir’s successor Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
“The people who have left should help those who are moving in. But when a grandfather keeps caning his