The Umno deputy president said the party should undergo a “serious radical alignment” in its approach to regain the people’s support.
Mohamad said the party needs to convince not only the Malays but also the non-Malays that it was the best bet for a better Malaysia.
Umno, he pointed out, could not just depend on a Pakatan Harapan downfall for it to succeed.
“Be reminded that Umno’s future is not only in the hands of its three million members. Its future is also determined by all Malaysians, even those who are not party members.
“Therefore, to prove that Umno is serious in becoming an inclusive movement, I urge the Youth, Wanita and Puteri wings to come up with a concrete agenda that Umno can offer to the Malays and every other Malaysian. This should be our new deal,” he said at the opening of Umno’s three wings meeting last night.
Also present were Umno’s three vice-presidents Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid and Datuk Seri Khaled Nordin, as well as the chiefs of the three wings.
Outlining his idea of a new deal, Mohamad said it should include a guarantee by Umno to strengthen Malaysia’s diversity, to respect the interests of all races and to develop and prosper the country.
Adding to that, the deal must also include commitments by Umno to improve the socioeconomic status and political standing of the Malays and at the same time strengthen the position of Islam, the royal institution and the national language.
“Umno cannot operate like how it did in the past, where the party enforces its policies on the Malays,” he said.
“Now we must work with all, and not just a selected few. We must pick the brains of academicians, thinkers and experts in various fields to help formulate this new deal.”
Mohamad also spoke about the need to ensure Pakatan’s failure.
“We must be at the forefront of a mass movement of Malaysians to reject Pakatan.
“They have failed to fulfil their promises, failed to administer the country and are constantly embroiled in a power tussle among themselves. What is certain is that we must not gamble Malaysia and its future in the hands of Pakatan,” he said.
Mohamad admitted to the delegates that his greatest worry was on who should lead the party in the future, adding that good leadership was “the basis of Umno’s well-being and continuity”.
He said the Malays could only become a resilient race if it was led by forward-thinking leaders.
“What I mean by forward-thinking is that this leader has to have a vision that is ahead of his time, can see what others don’t, dream what others can’t, and has confidence in something when others lack the belief.
“The leader must also have good moral values, a quality that is of utmost importance in the Malay leadership,” he said.
“This country cannot be led by those with questionable integrity, not even for a second.
“Malaysia deserves a Malay leadership that is fair, humble, pure and righteous,” he added.
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