Not all ‘warlords’ are bad, says Umno’s No 2

Umno deputy president Mohamad Hasan says there is nothing wrong to have warlords who are kind and help people.

KUALA LUMPUR: Umno deputy president Mohamad Hasan says not all “warlords” are bad and there are some who are kind and take care of the people.

“It’s like when we mention the word ‘incinerator’, everyone is afraid. But incinerators are part and parcel of society now, aren’t they?

“Incinerators which do not cause a problem to society. In Japan and Germany, there are many incinerators.

“So when we hear about warlords, don’t just see them in a bad light. There are warlords who are kind, do their job well, take care of the people, and listen to their plight,” he said at the Putra World Trade Centre, here.

Mohamad was asked to comment on former Dewan Rakyat speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia’s speech at the Umno annual general assembly today where he defended the existence of warlords (party veterans) who were usually seen as being feudalistic.

“Pandikar had said if there are one or two warlords who can win, warlords who are kind, why not?” Mohamad said.

Pandikar said the perception was that the warlords gave instructions that left no room for others to voice out their opinions, and that they were all wicked and feudalistic.

“As if there is no two-way communication, only the warlord’s opinion is right. But this issue isn’t chronic, it isn’t serious.

“We need to judge (these veterans) on a case-to-case basis,” Pandikar said.

In July, former Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin claimed that majority of Umno delegates want change, but “warlords” have threatened them to support their choices during the party election for the president’s post.