An unsigned letter was being distributed at the World Trade Centre, where the UMNO annual general assembly was held on 18 March, saying that the party’s vice-president Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob is the weakest prime minister in the country’s history.
The letter claimed that Ismail is merely a puppet that is being pushed away to make way for the former party president Datuk Seri Najib Razak on the stage after Barisan Nasional’s (BN) landslide victory in the Johor state election.
It added that the prime minister’s trips abroad are as useless and he is only going on a sight-seeing trip.
“Fly to Singapore, fly to Indonesia, fly to Thailand, fly to Cambodia on a government jet. Those are all vacations! Those trips do not benefit the country.”
“Even Indonesia refused to sell weapons to us.” the letter wrote.
Apart from that, the letter also criticised the human resources minister and MIC deputy president Datuk Seri M. Saravanan, who the letter claimed to have made a fool of Ismail Sabri on matters linked to the recruitment of migrant workers.
“He believes what Saravanan has been telling him to the point where the country is on the brink of collapse because of Bangla.
“The country has become a forced labour country. There is not one matter that Ismail can solve!”
The letter also raised other pressing matters such as the Covid-19 pandemic, flooding, and the fourth round of withdrawals from the Employees Provident Fund.
It then called for the 15th general election to be called as soon as possible. “It’s best for us to quickly hold the general election. Once he is kicked out, we will be safe.”
Meanwhile, president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi rubbished claims of factionalism within the party, where one is supposedly led by him and Najib, while the other with other cabinet members, and called for unity.
After the party managed to recapture states like Perak, Melaka, and Johor, he reminded party members of the importance of not having camps within the political organisation.
Nonetheless, rumours are going around that said factions had grown within the party, with many alleging that Ismail Sabri’s position is being threatened by his party’s top leadership.