KOTA KINABALU: Almost three months after the 14th general election, new Sabah Umno chief Hajiji Mohd Noor has this advice to those in the party — learn to be an effective opposition.
He particularly asked the Women, Youth and Puteri wings to change their attitude and mindset to be the opposition, in the wake of Barisan Nasional’s defeat in GE14.
He said they needed to do some self-adjustments as Umno was now no longer an integral part of the federal or state governments.
“We need to continuously work for the people even though we are now in the opposition. Serve sincerely, truthfully and humbly, not for personal interests or agenda.
“This is the only way to get young voters to join Umno.”
Hajiji, who is also Sulaman assemblyman, said the three wings must carry out efforts in their respective areas to boost the party’s performance.
“We can no longer continue doing self-entertaining programmes or activities, which only involve party members.
“Instead, strive to attract more support from the people, particularly the professionals and intellectuals.”
Speaking during a joint meeting with the wings at the Sabah Umno building here today, Hajiji said Umno welcomed the support of all young professionals to join in the party’s struggles for the betterment of “our race, religion and nation”.
“Our door is always open wide to all those sincere in serving the people,” he said, calling on Umno branches in Sabah to increase their membership.
Present were Sabah Umno secretary Masidi Manjun, Sabah Umno Wanita assistant secretary Aminah Johan and state Umno Youth chief Aziz Zulkarnain.
He said Umno realised the importance of support from young voters. Hence, the party has reduced its membership enrolment age limit from 18 to 16.