UMNO Youth members have been warned not to be buoyed by Barisan Nasional’s spate of wins in recent by-elections.
Deputy Youth chief Shahril Hamdan said the support for Barisan was mainly a manifestation of the people’s anger towards the Pakatan Harapan government.
“This momentum that we are experiencing is not because the rakyat loves Umno, but more so because the rakyat is angry at Pakatan.
“If we want the rakyat to love us, there are several tests that we need to pass, ” he said in his winding-up speech at the end of the youth assembly.
Shahril said Umno members must not return to old habits of being “arrogant and position-crazy” and ensure they learnt from their past mistakes.
“We have been punished for it. But if we instead choose to laugh at the people for choosing Pakatan as if we never had flaws, I am worried the people still won’t return to us.”
Shahril also said that Umno must start looking beyond Muafakat Nasional and how it intends to truly win the 15th General Election.
“After Muafakat Nasional, what’s next? If the general election is held tomorrow, maybe we can feel confident about winning.
“But it is not in our hands. If the election were to be held three years from now, can we still maintain this momentum, ” he asked.
The debate sessions earlier were given a bit of colour thanks to Sabah delegate Busiau Ampirak.
The Pensiangan Umno Youth chief proudly wore a traditional outfit from his Murut heritage, complete with an eye-catching tall headgear.
The last delegate to speak before the meeting was adjourned, Busiau received the loudest cheers from delegates in Dewan Merdeka.
“This is a historical moment. For the first time, a non-Muslim delegate has been chosen to speak at the Umno Youth assembly, ” he proclaimed to rousing adulation.
Busiau said Umno, as the party with the biggest membership in the country, needs to bring in more non-Muslim members into their fold.
“Racial division is not a good thing and will not benefit any race. Umno is the biggest party in the country and it needs to lead the way by setting a good example, ” said Busiau.