SALAK TINGGI: Umno Youth members have been urged not to take lightly the challenge posed by the new party being formed by former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Umno Youth leader Khairy Jamaluddin, speaking at Sepang Umno’s Puteri and Youth assembly last night, said it was “okay” to take the new party seriously as it featured Umno’s very own former president Mahathir, and other big names such as former Kedah Menteri Besar Mukhriz Mahathir, and former Umno Deputy President Muhyiddin Yassin.
However, Khairy predicted that the new party would not succeed, especially when going against Umno which has decades of service under its belt.
“We take them seriously. But we believe, and are sure, that compared to Umno, this new party will not get the support of the majority of Malays.”
He also labelled Umno’s future opponent as a “single-issue” party formed merely for one purpose, to topple Umno president and Prime Minister Najib Razak.
“This party was set up to topple a leader, and a party like that won’t last long. This is different from Umno which is a multi-issue party, formed for the Malays, Islam and country.”
“No other party, in their constitutions, mentions all three. PAS only fights for Islam, while DAP does not even mention the Malays.”
Mahathir had announced last month, that the new party was in the pipeline and would cater to those who no longer supported Umno, but were not ready to fully switch to the Opposition’s side.
He also said the party which was confirmed to be led by Muhyiddin, would line-up alongside other Opposition parties with the common goal of toppling Najib and his “corrupt” Barisan Nasional government at the next general election.
Khairy said the only way Umno could ensure success against the new party was to remain confident and avoid a “defeatist attitude.”
“They (Mahathir and his team) have made it clear that the new party was set-up to get support from Umno members and supporters to topple the Umno president (Najib).”
“But as long as the president has done no wrong, and is dutiful, it is our responsibility as the party’s youth to protect the institution of the party president.”