DAP lawmaker Lim Lip Eng said that the Pakatan Harapan government must allow Umno to continue to operate despite the alleged wrongdoings of some of its leaders.
The government should instead urge the authorities to investigate the source of Umno’s recent funds, according to the Kepong MP. It is reported that the supposed cash-strapped party have raised despite being dogged by allegations of financial impropriety.
Any move to hamper Umno’s operations could be used by the latter against the DAP and Chinese, Lim said.
“It is important for the Harapan government to let Umno continue to operate in the name of democracy, but rein in its dirty politics.
“We are in an increasingly toxic political atmosphere, where fake news and racial provocations are disseminated through social media.
“Some Umno leaders will definitely accuse DAP and other Chinese NGOs of orchestrating the move to de-register Umno, even if the process is carried out professionally based on the rule of law by the Registrar of Societies (ROS),” he said.
The Harapan government should give the former ruling party a chance to rectify its alleged wrongdoings, Lim added.
“At the same time, ROS should deal with Umno with greater discretion by guiding the party to amend its irregularities.”
Harapan should focus on creating more jobs for the rakyat to stimulate economic growth “to win Umno members and their supporters over”.
He said that improved living conditions would cause Umno members to “automatically leave the party”, following the statements made by Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad on the Bersatu supreme council meeting last Friday.
It is reported that Mahathir had questioned why Umno is still allowed to operate and even “become rich again” despite being dogged by allegations of financial wrongdoings. But the Prime Minister stressed that this was just “the party’s opinion” and that he was not issuing any directive for any specific action to be taken against his former party.