IT is time to move forward and usher in the new era of Muafakat Nasional, says Umno Youth.
The wing’s chief Datuk Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki said an alliance comprising of Umno, PAS, MCA, MIC and other Barisan Nasional-friendly parties was the “best hope” to topple Pakatan Harapan.
“We urge the top leadership to institutionalise Muafakat Nasional, which will include not just Umno and PAS, but also MCA, MIC and Friends of Barisan.
“It is high time that we move on from the Alliance years of 1952 to 1973, the Barisan era from 1973 onwards, and now migrate towards Muafakat Nasional, ” he said in his policy speech at the wing’s meeting yesterday.
MCA Youth chief Nicole Wong and MIC Youth chief R. Thinalan were among the invited guests.
Asyraf said although Muafakat Nasional was formed by Umno and PAS, it was never intended to comprise only the two parties.
“We should not sideline other races, who have long been part of our beloved country.
“Muafakat Nasional is not exclusive to any leader or party.
“It is a manifestation of the grassroots, who wish to see a united ‘ummah’.
“It is also a reflection of the people’s desire to see Islam leading the country, and for people of all races and religions to be united once again, ” he said.
Citing Barisan’s victories during the Cameron Highlands, Rantau, Semenyih and Tanjung Piai by-elections, Asyraf reminded delegates not to be complacent and arrogant, even though there were signs that support was slowly returning to Umno.
“We must show and prove to the people that Umno, PAS, MCA and MIC are united as one despite the deterioration and disintegration of racial harmony, brought about by Pakatan.
“We must be seen as the trusted alternative in providing peace, harmony and prosperity in the country, ” he said.
Asyraf said the people were angry and disgusted with Pakatan leaders for not fulfilling promises, their shallow statements and fickle policies.
“But bear in mind, it does not necessarily mean the people are ready to accept us.
“So it is important to remain humble, acknowledge our past mistakes and take steps to rectify them.
“This is how we can regain the trust and confidence of the people, ” he said.
Asyraf also said Umno Youth must shed its “elitist” image such as flaunting of wealth and smoking cigars in posh coffee houses, which could turn off the people.