DUNGUN - Umno members must stop all attacks against the Prime Minister immediately, said Umno supreme council member Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir.
Zambry, who is also Perak Mentri Besar, said it was only right for party members to support Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and give him time and space to "iron out issues" in the country and the party.
"It is a disgrace to see people in the party attacking the Prime Minister. Let's not be opportunists and take advantage of the situation," he said when opening the Dungun Umno division meeting here yesterday.
Umno members, he said, should remember that this was not the first time the country or party had been involved in a crisis and that each time, it had managed to emerge much stronger.
"In 1961, the founder of Umno, Datuk Onn Jaafar, left the party to form the Independence of Malaya Party.
"In the same year, another party was formed: PAS. But due to the unity shown by the members, we have managed to emerge stronger. Therefore, we should all remain united at such a critical time."
Zambry said there were better days ahead after every crisis, including the one the party was currently facing, and cited Terengganu and Perak as examples.
"Both states have tasted defeat in general elections. But every time such a thing happened, we were able to unite, show our loyalty to the party and emerge stronger.
"We proved this by winning back the states we had lost," he said.
In Kuala Lumpur, Ampang Umno division chief Datuk Ismail Kijo urged party members to emulate the unity shown by supporters of the opposition parties for their leader.
"Their leader has been proven guilty and everyone knows that he is but despite this, his followers support him.
"They are willing to hold protests and rallies to show their support for their leader, so why can't we be united in supporting our leader?" he said while addressing the delegates at his division's meeting yesterday.
He said issues such as the 1Malaysia Development Berhad and the Goods Services Tax should not divide Umno supporters.
"We should be disciplined enough to work together and achieve what the president wants," he added.