KUALA LUMPUR: Umno need not crave for sympathy from any quarters in its effort to rebuild the party, says party Youth chief Datuk Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki.
"It is not necessary for us to crave sympathy from anyone because what is important is that Umno is clear on its intentions," he told reporters after attending a pre-Umno General Assembly meeting at PWTC on Sunday (Sept 23).
He added that party members should not be disheartened as Umno is still the nation's largest Malay Islamic party.
He noted that Umno acknowledged that it must be truthful to its members.
"What is crucial is that we do not compromise on the foundations and roots of our struggle," he added.
He was asked to comment on Umno's recent overtures of forming an alliance with PAS where Umno had attended the Islamist party's muktamar or annual general assembly in Terengganu.
On the meeting, Aysraf said that it was held for party president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to prepare his explanation to grassroot members who are eager to know Umno's future direction.
"I am certain that party members are awaiting to listen to the president's policy speech as it will determine the future and direction of Umno," he said.
Asked if the Port Dickson by-election was raised during the meeting, Aysraf said that will be discussed at by the party's political bureau meeting on Monday (Sept 24).
Former Port Dickson MP Datuk Danyal Balagopal Abdullah vacated his seat to give way to PKR president-elect Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to return to Parliament.
Nomination is on Sept 29 and polling on Oct 13.
On the recent resignation of several Umno leaders, Aysraf said it was raised at the meeting with Dr Ahmad Zahid and other Umno division chiefs.
On Wednesday (Sept 19), former senior Umno member Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamad resigned from the party.
The following day, another former Umno minister, Datuk Seri Anifah Aman, also announced his resignation.