Don’t use back door tactics to return to power, Umno Youth warns

Umno Youth chief Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki.

KUALA LUMPUR: In a highly-charged speech, Umno Youth chief Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki reminded the party not to use back door tactics or jump to other parties to return to power.

“There are some who want to jump parties or try to use the back door to return to power.

“Remember, this party still has a reputation.

“Do not cheat the trust of the people. They will reject us forever,” he said during his policy speech at the 72th Umno General Assembly.

The assembly is being held at Putra World Trade Centre here.

Some Umno leaders have previously expressed the intention to work with other parties in Pakatan Harapan to return to power.

Asyraf also reminded delegates that the party lost in the May 9 polls because of infighting between members for power and position.

“Because of wealth, we sabotaged each other, causing us to fail to fight for the rights of Malays and Islam.

“We were willing to betray,” he said.

He asked delegates to accept the loss with open hearts.

“Believe us, we did not lose because our enemies are strong but because of our own mistakes.”

During a press conference later, Asyraf was asked to elaborate on Umno’s cooperation with PAS.

“Our relationship with PAS isn’t something that’s fixed. There is no form or contract, what we can agree, we’ll work together. But there are things we also disagree on.”

Asyraf said Umno Youth wants to focus on the younger generation.

“Give us a chance. If people want to deny what Umno has done when it was governing the country, that’s not fair.

“Pakatan Harapan didn’t inherit a country that was not peaceful or a society not living in harmony,” stating the party had made mistakes and acknowledged them.

He said for Umno to survive, it needed to rebrand itself

“Its about Malays and an Islam that is ethical, just and fights corruption.”

Asked on measures to fight corruption, Asyraf said: “Let’s start in a new direction. A new Umno.”

He added the party was willing to cooperate with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission to curb corruption in the party.