KUALA LUMPUR: Political assimilation is vital for government stability and to drive the country's economic prosperity, says Puteri Umno chief Datuk Nurul Amal Mohd Fauzi.
She said that the political cooperation between Pakatan Harapan and Barisan Nasional is necessary despite some members being sceptical about it.
“Political assimilation is not something new, however, it is still awkward for Umno and we need time to adapt to it," said Nurul Akmal.
“We’re used to our own way in politics, we’re used to Umno’s culture, a tradition that we’ve inherited,” she said in her policy speech at the wing’s meeting at the World Trade Centre Kuala Lumpur on Thursday (June 8).
Nurul Amal also said that Malaysia has to keep up with other countries that have practised political assimilation to ensure government and economic stability.
She said the formation of the unity government was a continuation of former prime minister Tun Abdul Razak’s mixed Cabinet in 1973.
“(Umno’s) domination has minimised, assimilation has widened, (and) unity has been clearer. Some might reject this assimilation, but we hope that they will eventually accept it when the time comes,” she added.
Nurul Amal said that Umno is still needed by the country, and added that this is proven by some of its leaders being in Cabinet.
She also said that the party is a “binding factor” to the formation of the unity government that needs the vast experience possessed by her party leaders in governing the country.
“With their experience as government leaders before, their devoted service is still needed to help administer the country. This is a matter of pride for us, because as we know, Umno is the home where credible leaders are born,” she added.
Meetings of Umno’s three wings have kicked off today which have also seen the presence of unity government’s component members in Wanita and Puteri meetings.
DAP national publicity secretary Teo Nie Ching and Puchong MP Yeo Bee Yin were present at the Wanita meeting.
Meanwhile, DAP Youth National deputy chief and Bentong MP Young Shefura Othman was a guest at the Puteri meeting.