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He said the recent intake of Umno defectors into PPBM might bring with them the destructive corrupt culture into the relatively young party.
Hishammuddin was rumoured to have met Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad after the 14th general election to broker a deal for the defection of several Umno leaders to Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM), where Dr Mahathir is chairman.
He said the four focus areas include improving party policies, empowering the Umno wings, expanding its influence, and returning the party policy to its original platform.
When asked on grass root members who are uncomfortable working with Umno due to the parties fierce rivalries, Zawawi relates the experience to the cooperation between the two parties under the Perikatan government of 1974.
'We said it is in general of an Islamic leadership, it may not necessarily be Umno or PAS which leads, it could be a third party.
In June last year, Johor Umno was hit by the 1MDB investigation, which saw MACC freeze several of the party's division and individual member accounts.
Umno secretary-general Tan Sri Annuar Musa announced that Batu Pahat Umno division chief Datuk Mohd Puad Zarkashi, Hulu Langat Umno division chief Datuk Johan Abd Aziz, Bagan Umno division chief Datuk Shaik Hussein Mydin, Sepanggar Umno division chief Datuk Yaakub Khan and Seputeh Umno division vice-chief Datuk Razlan Muhammad Rafii have been roped into Umno supreme council.
'So does this mean Tun Mahathir now views Umno as a dead party come back to life, miraculously free from corruption or damage?' Khaled asked.
''The image of UMNO has suffered somewhat in the last few years.
Labuan MP Datuk Rozman quit Umno and has since joined Parti Warisan Sabah under the leadership of Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal.
Commenting on Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's remarks about the continued existence of Umno, the DAP lawmaker also said the ruling coalition should allow Umno to remain in the interest of a healthy democracy.
Annuar said the party is doing its best to help Utusan Malaysia but its hands are tied, with Umno no longer the majority shareholder and its bank accounts and cashflow frozen by the government.