SEREMBAN: The experience gained during the Sabah polls showed the approach and strategy adopted by Umno worked to its disadvantage, says party deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan (pic).
"Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi must explain to members of the party its direction and cooperation with our competitors as the outcome of the Sabah election shows the strategies put in place did not benefit us.
"From a political organisation that controlled Sabah for 27 years, the party is now an
insignificant political player in the Gabungan Rakyat Sabah coalition.
"The outcome of the Sabah election is a clear indication that the political cooperation we formed there did not favour us and has only isolated us," he said in a statement.
He said in the Sept 26 state election, Umno had also sacrificed seats that had been their strongholds to another party and this significantly weakened its influence.
What was even more sad he said was Umno had to face independent candidates who
were sponsored by other interest groups and this had also adversely affected it.
"Even the agreement on the Cabinet portfolios was nearly compromised," he said.
Mohamad said Umno should reassess its political approach or else its power and influence will continue to be compromised in the short term and weakened in the long term.
He said that Umno needs to urgently reach a political consensus on this as members were upset by the way the party was treated during the Sabah election.
Mohamad also said that Umno should also stop harping on the so-called political cooperation reached through the "Sheraton Move" which was supposedly to save the country.
"That episode has ended. The next episode is how Umno will steer this nation and create a better future for Malaysia through Barisan and not any other political platform," he said.
Mohamad said this is important as the party will be assessed based on what it can do for Malaysia and not how many sacrifices it made for another political party or the survival of Perikatan Nasional.
"A decision has to be made now so that we can prepare ourselves to face the next
"We must, from this very moment, return Umno to its true objectives and undo things that did not benefit the party.
"We should work hard and make Umno a trustworthy entity for all Malays as well as other races," he added.
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