Umno delegates: Wrest the govt honestly

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  • Sunday, 08 Dec 2019

Lively crowd: Delegates reacting during a speech at the Umno general assembly at PWTC, Kuala Lumpur.

KUALA LUMPUR: The issue of back door government dominated debates on the last day of the Umno general assembly, with speakers warning party leaders against such a move.

While they want Umno to win back the government, they want it done through a democratic process to prove that the party has the support of the people.

A delegate from Penang criticised party lawmakers who had a private meeting with a Pakatan Harapan minister, saying that those who could not stick to the “code of conduct of an association” should not be in the party.

Datuk Omar Faudzar said Umno had been an Opposition party for only 18 months and yet, some of its MPs had already jumped ship while several were “crawling” to Pakatan.

“PAS has been an Opposition party for decades. Do you see them crawling and begging for help from us when we were the government?

“But our people, only 18 months into becoming the Opposition and (they) could not take the pressure. Where is your dignity?

“If you don’t have it, then don’t be our leaders,” he said to loud applause from the floor.

Recently, a group of Umno MPs met up with Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali, claiming the meeting was in relation to funds for the development of their constituencies.

They include 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 several of them were in the hall, Omar said: “They need to hear this. We are a team.”Omar added: “We need to work as a team and listen to the advice of the president. If they don’t want to listen, then don’t be in the team.”

A representative from Umno Youth, Johari Yazid, also spoke on the issue, saying that the party should wrest the government honestly by fighting it out in the next general election.

“Let’s fight like a gentleman and not go through the back door. We are here trying to win over the young people but this kind of politics will make them fed up,” he said.

Johari said the new era of Umno and Barisan Nasional should pledge for “better governance, fairness and justice” and work towards the betterment of youth.

Puteri Umno delegate Datin Anne Ngasri said the wing would reject any attempts to form a back door government.

“Let us be confident. The best option is to form the government via the front door,” she said.

Kedah delegate Datuk Othman Aziz said for Umno to regain its foothold, it had to move as a “big, strong and confident team”.

“Let’s not go through the back door. We must move together as a team with PAS and our Barisan compatriots under Muafakat Nasional,” he said.

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