Here's the NST report:
Bota assemblyman Datuk Nasarudin Hashim’s defection was an act of weakness, the prime minister said.
He said quitting was not the solution to Nasarudin’s problems with the party. “If you were not given any posts, you should not sulk.”
Becoming a senior member and elected representative was “not easy as you are bound to face numerous problems pertaining to the party or in your capacity as a leader”.
“In times like this, you must remind yourself that sacrifices have to be made for the sake of Umno’s struggle,” Abdullah told reporters after launching the Village Action Plan at SMK Ayer Kuning, some 20km from here, today.
Nasarudin left Umno for the PKR on Sunday in a surprise move that has unsettled Perak Umno.
Abdullah said he had not betrayed the party even when he was left with no position in it.
“I did not abandon Umno then as I truly value the party. His act is that of a weak person. It was a clear example of weakness,” he said.
On rumours that two PKR assemblymen in Perak might join the Barisan Nasional, Abdullah smiled but played down the prospect.
“Let them. Some might want to join PKR while others might want to leave the party,” he said.
When asked to comment on Perak BN and state Umno liaison committee chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Tajol Rosli Ghazali’s decision to relinquish both posts, he said it would be discussed during a supreme council meeting later today.
“I suppose he felt really hurt (by Nasarudin’s defection). He will brief the supreme council on his decision and the political scenario in Perak,” Abdullah said.