Will Umno be like Nokia or become Samsung, asks youth leader

Umno will have to change or it won’t get the people’s suppport, says Batu Sapi Umno Youth chief Khairul Firdaus Akhbar Khan.

KUALA LUMPUR: A branch youth chief has described Umno’s May 9 polls defeat as a gift from God to ensure the party would not be arrogant.

Batu Sapi Umno Youth chief Khairul Firdaus Akhbar Khan said the party would have been “even more arrogant” if it had won the general election.

“It would have meant that whatever we did or said in newspapers or criticised people, they still liked us.

“But this defeat is a gift from God to improve ourselves so that the rakyat can trust us again,” he said during the debate on the president’s speech at the party’s general assembly at the Putra World Trade Centre.

He said it was time for the party to learn from its mistakes.

He likened Umno to Nokia, stating that both had their heydays and both lost because they were too comfortable.

“Just like Nokia, Umno had it all. It enjoyed the trust of the people, above others, it was innovative but it got comfortable, surrounded by ‘yes’ men.”

He said Umno would not get the rakyat’s support if it did not change. “Will Umno remain like Nokia or become like Samsung?”

He said youths should be given a significant task to improve the party and added that the party would need credible leaders.

Khairul also said party veterans could play an advisory role and assist youths in running the party.