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Monday September 30, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Monday September 30, 2013 MYT 7:31:38 AM
JOHOR BARU: Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin expects more Malays in the DAP to leave the party due to their loss of confidence in the party’s purported principle of being multi-racial.
“The party has failed to uphold its principles as a party for all Malaysians,” he said, commenting on the decision by Penang Malay Congress president Rahmad Isahak to quit the party after a brief stint since June last year.
“Although the party had been around for many years, it had not been able to attract and recruit many Malays,” Khairy told reporters after a meet-the-people session at Kampung Pasir here on Saturday evening.
“This shows the Malays have not accepted the party wholeheartedly and had stayed only because of the DAP’s alliance with PAS and PKR,” he said.
Rahmad had quit on Saturday, saying he was disillusioned with the leadership of secretary-general Lim Guan Eng and the DAP’s indifference towards Malay members.
Meanwhile, Khairy said he supported the opportunity given to Umno members to compete in the party elections.
Khairy, who is defending his post, said: “Democracy is alive in the party as the members have the freedom to choose and vote for leaders they feel could serve the party well.”
The Youth and Sports Minister said Umno had never stopped its members from contesting.
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