KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Mas Ermieyati Samsudin (pic) has called on Umno to show solidarity with the party's leaders, based on lessons from the one time fall of Malacca to the Portuguese.
The Puteri Umno chief said that even a great civilisation could be destroyed by serious internal problems, pointing to the Malacca empire which fell to the enemy despite having far superior military strength.
She said that at the time of the Portuguese invasion, Malacca had 8,000 cannons, a strong navy and a very strategic location.
"With those benefits, Malacca should have easily been able to confront a smaller Portuguese army. However, why did Malacca lose?"
"It is due to two factors. The first was severe internal strife among the rulers.
"The split occurred because of the rulers' lust for power, to the extent that they were willing to commit heinous deeds," she said in her policy speech at the opening of the Puteri Umno assembly, here, on Wednesday.
Mas Ermieyati said the second factor for Malacca's fall was the betrayal of two merchants, Utimutaraja and Nina Chatu, who had secretly fed information to the Portuguese.
"The two of them had tasted the benefits of Malacca's prosperity. But when the situation became tense, not only were they unwilling to sacrifice, they also betrayed Malacca," she said, hinting at key figures in Umno who had turned against the party's leadership.
The Malacca-born Masjid Tanah MP said it was not impossible for what happened a long time ago to happen again in the present situation.
"We must therefore close ranks and display solidarity with the current group of leaders.
"We must be wary of those who are only with us during the easy times, but desert us when we are facing all sorts of challenges," she said.
Mas Ermieyati added that characters like Utimutaraja and Nina Chatu needed to be cleansed from all levels of Umno.