Umno Youth to focus on bread and butter issues, not sex video scandal

Datuk Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki. -Bernamapic

KUALA LUMPUR: The Umno Youth machinery will focus on bread and butter issues concerning Malaysians, and it will not get involved in the sex video scandal implicating the Pakatan Harapan government.  

Umno Youth chief Datuk Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki said that issues pertaining to the economy and the cost of living will be given emphasis, as these are matters which affect regular Malaysians.  

“That is why we are here to stress that the Umno Youth machinery will not be involved in the culture of ‘picisan (cheap) politics’.  

“We are very disappointed with the video which implicated a Pakatan minister. This has embarrassed us, as if the Malaysian political culture can be so vile."  

The former deputy minister in the prime minister’s department was speaking to reporters during a press conference after chairing Umno Youth’s monthly meeting at  Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) on Thursday (June 20).   

According to Asyraf, Umno Youth's exco has unanimously agreed in the meeting to form a shadow Cabinet to monitor and scrutinise the current government’s policies.  

He said each Umno Youth exco member will be given a portfolio based on government ministries, and they are all tasked to “attack and expose” the shortcomings of the current government to the people.  

“They will give constructive opinions on policies based on our experience of administering the government.  

“We will support good policies. But, for bad policies, we will oppose and provide an alternative,” he said.  

At the same time, Asyraf said that the sex video controversy, which made headlines across the nation last week, has nothing to do with Umno.  

“I felt that this is an internal political feud that has nothing to do with Umno, and we will never want to get involved in the issue,” he added.  

Asyraf also said that Umno Youth’s stance is clear, that it will not allow the party to get involved in any “backdoor” negotiations with Pakatan to form the next government.  

“We are a party of pride, a party that will face the reality of the people’s wishes. Malaysians have punished us in the last general election and we will rise again by making positive changes based on what the people want.”  

Similar calls were also made by Umno deputy president Datuk Mohamad Hasan last week, who told party members and supporters not to get involved in the sex video issue.   

Last week, 27-year-old Haziq Abdullah Abdul Aziz admitted that he was one of the two men seen in a sex video scandal which made rounds on social media.  

He claimed that the other person was Economics Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali.  

Azmin had denied any involvement in the sex video.  

Haziq was sacked as the senior private secretary to the Deputy Primary Industries Minister on Thursday.


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