PETALING JAYA, Selangor – Perikatan Nasional (PN) leaders have reached out to the leaders who were suspended and sacked by Umno on Friday to tell them that they are not alone.

Arau MP Shahidan Kassim, a former Umno top gun who himself was sacked from the party recently, called Umno “a mad party which is eagerly sacking everyone”.

“Those who were sacked, stay patient. We will defend you. Long live Perikatan,” Datuk Seri Shahidan posted on Facebook early on Saturday morning after the announcement was made.

Mr Shahidan was dropped as a candidate of the Umno-led Barisan Nasional coalition for the last general election, prompting him to seek a PN seat. He was then sacked by Umno, along with a few other party leaders who went rogue last November.

Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia deputy president Ahmad Faizal Azumu also told those who were sacked that they were now free.

“Dear brothers, your wings are no longer clipped. Now, you can soar even higher. May God bless your holy struggle,” tweeted Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal, the former Tambun MP.

Meanwhile, former Ketereh Umno division head and former Ketereh MP Annuar Musa posted a lengthy note on Facebook, stating that the suspension and sacking were done to silence those who spoke the truth.

“Be calm and patient. Sacking those who do not agree with your views is the easiest way to stay in power. Truth has a high price… and remember that even though these people are in power, there is a higher power.

“If there is a wrong leadership and the goals have been cast aside, the struggle has gone astray. When that happens, there is no need to be sad if you are no longer there (in the struggle). There must be a blessing in disguise,” said Tan Sri Annuar, who himself was sacked after the last general election, together with Mr Shahidan.

Mr Annuar further stated that voters gave Umno indications of what they wanted but the leaders were “in denial”, referring to the fact that Umno gained the least number of seats in the party’s history in the last election.

“The cleansing that they are doing will only produce more dirt as the dirt is still stuck within the party, even though the party is being destroyed.

“They created lies and finally, they believed in their own lies. Let Umno be their own personal armour, we continue our struggle in our own way,” said Mr Annuar.

Meanwhile, Gerakan is the first party to openly court Mr Khairy following his sacking from Umno on Friday.

Parti Gerakan Rakyat’s acting youth chief Wong Chia Zhen said Mr Khairy would be a perfect fit for the party.

“Umno’s supreme council has decided to sack former health minister Khairy Jamaluddin for breaching party discipline due to offences during the 15th General Election.

“In my opinion, the decision of the council is not appropriate because Khairy is a politician of calibre and succeeded in putting pressure on his opponent in Sungai Buloh during the last election,” said Mr Wong in a statement.

“The majority won by the PKR (Parti Keadilan Rakyat) candidate was reduced from 10,000 to 1,000, proving to be the only Pakatan Harapan stronghold that almost lost.”

Mr Wong added: “We believe that at the lowest point in his political career, we can support him.

“The ideology of our party is based on simplicity and with the credibility he has, I am sure this will give Khairy a new lease of life.”

Meanwhile, PKR will have a discussion first if any sacked Umno leaders express interest in joining their party, said the party’s deputy president Rafizi Ramli.