KUALA LUMPUR - Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein has denied there is a split in Umno following Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's latest attack on party president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
"If the party is already split, who is going to make sure that the country is not split? You see what is happening in the Middle East. Are you telling me our situation is worse than that?" he said.
Hishammuddin believed that Dr Mahathir was merely giving his personal view on Najib.
"I don't have to agree with that view," he told reporters at the second session of the Armed Forces Order of Military Service ceremony for 2014 at Wisma Perwira ATM here yesterday.
Hishammuddin also refuted Dr Mahathir's allegation that Umno was filled with "people who are loyal only to money", adding that such allegation must be accompanied by proof.
"He said a number of Umno leaders felt that Dr Mahathir had gone overboard and that his statements were detrimental to the party.
On Dr Mahathir's repeated calls for Najib to resign now to prevent Barisan Nasional from losing in the next general election, Hishammuddin said such matters should only be decided by Umno members.
"One man asking him to stop will not make any difference," he added.
In Jitra, Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir said Bukit Lada State Assemblyman Datuk Ahmad Lebai Sudin was being overzealous in demanding his resignation for not stating his support for Najib.
He said Ahmad should have waited until Kedah Umno issued an official statement on supporting Najib after a meeting of the state Umno in Kuala Lumpur on April 24.
"We have decided not to issue any statement until then because we want the statement to be based on consensus," he told reporters after closing the Integrity Global Champions programme yesterday.
Ahmad Lebai on Monday called for Mukhriz to quit his mentri besar post if he failed to support Najib's leadership.
At the Dewan Negara, Deputy Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said if the police decided to investigate reports made against Dr Mahathir, they would do so "discreetly" out of respect for the longest serving Prime Minister.