PUTRAJAYA: Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) Youth chief Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman has warned those who are out to oust him and his team.
Bersatu Youth (Armada) chief Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman said that he knows division chiefs who wanted to oust his team from their divisions and said if they wanted to do this, they must do it the right way.
"Do not stab us from the back. The rise of Bersatu is because of Armada. If Armada falls, Bersatu will die," said Syed Saddiq.
He said this in his opening speech of the first annual general meeting of Armada attended by about 1,000 delegates nationwide at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre here on Saturday (Dec 29).
This is the first AGM since Bersatu became the government as part of Pakatan Harapan.
Syed Saddiq also warned party leaders not to turn the party into another Umno and sell the country for their political survival.
He also said that although Bersatu youths can "raise the keris, be racist to increase votes and carry the coffin of other races to monger fear among the Malays", the party will never be another Umno.
"That is not the style of Bersatu. If Bersatu wants to be Umno, step over Armada first.
"Umno fell because it neglected its youths. It is too late for Umno. Do not tell us that we did not remind the Bersatu leaders (not to do as Umno did).
"We are a party whose compass is not riches. It is a party for the poor, for those who have been sidelined and for those who have been victimised," said Syed Saddiq.
He also said Bersatu youths are committed to advancing the Malay agenda without merely "partying in five star hotels while the Malays languish in poverty in their own land".
Syed Saddiq also said that it is time the party recognised the role of young women in the party as is done by fellow Pakatan Harapan parties DAP and PKR.
He said that almost 16,000 young women had joined the party but their presence had yet to be recognised by them.
"The young women are the ones working behind the scenes and spending their money for the party. We should listen and raise them. Yet, how many young Bersatu women were fielded during the elections? Where is Yeo Bee Yin of Bersatu? Where is Juwairiyah of Bersatu? Where is the Anis Afida of Bersatu," asked Syed Saddiq, naming DAP and PKR parliamentarians who won in the last general elections.
He said it is not enough to merely whistle at young women but that Bersatu needed to raise the young women into positions which put them on the same level as the young men.
About 2,000 delegates will attend the three-day AGM which began last night (Dec 28).