He pointed out that there were still efforts by a Pakatan Harapan coalition party to entice some 48 Umno MPs to cross over to the other side.
“Even though there are such efforts to make our MPs jump, I would like to stress to our friends that they have decided that we would still be in Umno and Barisan Nasional.
“They are still working hard in pulling our MPs just to strengthen a party that’s aligned within Pakatan, where they claimed that only those that have repented would be accepted,” he added.
Dr Ahmad Zahid said this after meeting with Johor Umno leaders at its headquarters here on Saturday (Nov 10).
He, however, added that any MP who jumped was only being used to strengthen certain parties within Pakatan.
His remarks came after it was reported that Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said Umno members could only be accepted into Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) if they were free from the “cash is king” mentality.
The Bersatu chairman said those from Umno who wanted to join his party must prove that they no longer had ties to their old party.
Several former Umno leaders have joined Bersatu since the party won the 14th General Election under Pakatan Harapan.
Among them are former cabinet ministers Tan Sri Dr Rais Yatim, Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed and Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar.
Umno veteran Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz is the latest to express her intention to join Bersatu.
Bersatu supreme council member A. Kadir Jasin recently said that about 40 Umno MPs might quit the party and join Bersatu.