KUALA LUMPUR: Umno Youth deputy chief Khairy Jamaluddin has slammed the opposition for inciting parochial sentiments in Sabah in the run-up to the next general election.
He described the attempts to play up state sentiments as irresponsible, as they could threaten the country’s stability.
“I can say that the opposition’s tactic in Sabah is irresponsible because they play up parochial sentiments, they fan the Sabah sentiments and this can affect relations between the Peninsular and Sabah.
“The issues raised by the opposition, for instance, about Sabah for Sabahans and oil royalty for Sabah only and not for sharing with others ... this can incite emotions of parochialism, which at one time, posed a threat to national security.
“The people should know this is an attempt that can undermine the country’s peace,” he said after launching the 2008 World Halal Forum here yesterday.
He said opposition parties like Parti Keadilan Rakyat and DAP were peninsular-based parties but “they are using the Sabah people’s machinery and the people of Sabah to spread slander.”
He said Umno Youth would make sure voters received the correct information.
“One of our duties is to channel correct information to young voters on many issues, such as the implementation of development corridors and what the Government is doing to develop the country,” he said.
The correct information would be channelled through ceramahs, house-to-house visits, pamphlets and the Internet within the next two to three weeks, he said.
Khairy said he believed young voters, particularly in urban areas, were Internet users, thus it was important for Barisan Nasional and Umno to boost their presence in the cyber world.
“We have started to penetrate the cyber world through the Barisan Youth main operations room. We have also mobilised our information machinery,” he said.
Khairy expressed satisfaction with Umno Youth’s preparations for the general election, which is expected to be called soon. – Bernama
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