KUALA LUMPUR: A Sabah Umno delegate has proposed that those holding top posts in the party wings be limited to three terms to give way for more leaders to hold positions.
Rizan Aziz said the Umno Youth, Wanita and Puteri chief posts should automatically be vacated once they reach the end of the third term.
He said this while debating the youth chief’s policy speech at Umno’s 72nd General Assembly at Putra World Trade Centre today.
Rizan said the proposal should be implemented before the next general election.
“There are many young leaders who still cannot go up because it is hard to challenge the old ‘warlords’.”
Such practices, he said, if not changed, will only damage the party as the party will not be able to attract more members at the grassroots level, he added.
“Indirectly, it will also discourage cronyism.”
Rizan also urged the party to open up its membership to those aged 16. This followed the proposal to lower the voting age to 18.
“We need a new wing to attract these young people into our party.”
Rizan also said members should not be sacked just for criticising the leadership.
“A member should be sacked only if he contests against the party or joins the other side,” he said, adding this would reduce enemies within the party.
Melaka delegate Fairul Nizam Roslan said some Umno members had accused party leaders of being arrogant and failing to solve national issues, contributing to BN’s losses in the last general election.
“Where did Umno go wrong? The Pemuda wing did not backstab the party. We fought hard during the elections.
“But the party has made mistakes. We forgot that it is the rakyat that gives us power, not just party members,” he said.
He said some party warlords were controlling members.
“Umno was not rejected because it protects the rights of Malays and Islam but because of the attitude of national, state and branch leaders.”
Pahang delegate Mohd Farid Noor raised fears that the party may be banned by the government.
“It is not enough for them (Pakatan Harapan) to see us lose; they want to bury us too.”