Hisham allays fears over keris

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 27 Aug 2005

KUALA LUMPUR: The Panca Warisan keris, which symbolises Umno's struggle, should not evoke fear in anyone, said its Youth chief Datuk Hishammuddin Tun Hussein. 

He said this was well understood by the party's Youth movement and their counterparts in the Barisan Nasional component parties. 

“There should not be anything to worry about if our young Malays use the keris as a symbol to strengthen and revive the spirit of our struggle through Umno,” he said after attending the joint opening of the Gerakan Wanita and Youth annual general meetings at Menara PGRM here yesterday. 

He said this to allay the discomfort certain groups had felt with his raising of the keris when delivering his opening speech at the Umno Youth assembly at the Putra World Trade Centre here on July 20. 

TEAM SPIRIT: Hishammuddin and Liow clasping each others’ hands as a mark of unity at theGerakan AGM in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

MCA Youth chief Datuk Liow Tiong Lai, who also attended the opening ceremony, said Hishammuddin had explained the matter clearly through the media. 

“We understand the issue and we are still maintaining a very good relationship and co-operation with Umno Youth,” he said. 

On another matter, Hishammuddin said Youth leaders of Barisan Nasional component parties were elected because of their capability and integrity and not because of their “connection” to party leaders. 

He said the delegates were the ones who decided who the Youth leaders would be, and the public should not think that the delegates could be so easily “manipulated”. 

“The system and process in the respective parties have decided our fate (to be the Youth leaders) and not because we are a son of a former prime minister or son-in-law of the present prime minister,” he said. 

Hishammuddin was asked to comment on the “trend” where the sons of political leaders have become the Youth leaders in their parties. 

Hishammudin is the son of third prime minister Tun Hussein Onn while Khairy Jamaluddin is the son-in-law of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. 

Recently, Gerakan president Datuk Seri Lim Keng Yaik’s son, Si Pin, was elected the party's deputy Youth chief while former MCA president Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik’s sons, Hee Leong and Hee Keat, were elected MCA deputy Youth chief and Youth central committee member.  

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