KUALA LUMPUR: A Johor Umno delegate, speaking in Mandarin, says that MCA will continue to regain the trust of the Chinese community following victory in the Tanjung Piai by-election.
Datuk Mohd Jafni Md Shukor, who is from the Kulai Umno division, said that the victory had renewed everyone's spirits.
"Please do not let down Tanjung Piai voters, especially the Chinese community," he said to applause from the floor.
He said this while debating the presidential policy speech on Saturday (Dec 7) at the Putra World Trade Center (PWTC) here.
Mohd Jafni also said that he was confident that MCA would regain the trust of Chinese supporters.
He attributed the success in Tanjung Piai to the Muafakat Nasional and Barisan Nasional machinery in wooing voters.
"No matter what happens, we will continue to support Barisan, Umno and Muafakat Nasional," he said before switching back to speaking in Malay.
He also gave examples of those who helped to campaign in the by-election, including a 70-year-old supporter who drove for more than 12 hours from Kedah to campaign for Barisan and another from Kota Tinggi Wanita Umno, who braved the rain to garner last-minute votes
Mohd Jafni also urged the leadership to appreciate the contributions made by members and not to let their sacrifices and struggles be in vain.
On another matter, Penang Umno delegate Datuk Omar Faudzar criticised some of its MPs who met a Pakatan Harapan minister.
He said Umno had been the Opposition for only 18 months and some of its MPs had already "jumped ship" and others "crawling" to Pakatan for help.
"PAS has been an Opposition party for decades. Do you see them crawling and begging to us when we were the government?" he said when debating the president's policy speech on Saturday (Dec 7).
Omar was referring reports that some of its MPs had met with Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali, claiming the meeting was in relation to funds for the development of their constituencies.
The group comprises Datuk Seri Ismail Mohamed Said (Kuala Krau), Datuk Salim Sharif (Jempol), Datuk Jalaluddin Alias (Jelebu), Ramli Mohd Nor (Cameron Highlands), Datuk Seri Azalina Mohd Said (Pengerang), Datuk Abdul Rahman Mohamad (Lipis) and Datin Mastura Mohd Yazid (Kuala Kangsar).
When deputy permanent chairman Datuk Seri Rizuan Abdul Hamid pointed out that some of those that he was referring to were in the hall, Omar said: "Yes, but they need to hear this."
"We need to work as a team and listen to the advice of the president. If we don't want to listen, then don't be in the team."
Omar said unlike some party leaders, Umno's grassroots were stronger, loyal and more dedicated to the party.