Radical alignment key to returning Umno to basics, says Tok Mat

Umno deputy president Mohamad Hasan speaks at the opening of the Youth, Wanita and Puteri annual general meetings at Putra World Trade Centre today.

KUALA LUMPUR: Umno deputy president Mohamad Hasan has said a “radical realignment” is needed to ensure the party does not stray from its ideologies and struggles.

He said young leaders especially need to be exposed to the fundamental principles and basis of Umno’s fight as they are the future leaders of the party.

Mohamad, fondly known as Tok Mat, said failure to do so would cause the party to stray from its core ideologies and struggles.

This was especially so, he said, because many members sometimes forget about the party’s struggles and ideologies after having been in power for so long.

“A radical alignment needs to be done. If a car’s tyre or chassis is not properly aligned, it could get into an accident,” he told reporters after opening the Umno Youth, Wanita and Puteri annual general meetings at Putra World Trade Centre here today.

Some of the 3,000 Umno Youth, Wanita and Puteri delegates at the opening of their AGM at Putra World Trade Centre.

Earlier, Mohamad told about 3,000 representatives from the party’s three wings that Malaysia cannot have leaders whose moral compasses were questionable

He stressed that eloquence in speech, great intellect and outstanding charisma could not top leaders with the right morals and values.

“Even goats can differentiate between male and female,” he quipped, drawing laughter from the crowd dressed in red and white.

He called on the party’s wings to come up with “a new offering” for Malaysians, saying the Pakatan Harapan government was more caught up with squabbling over who was going to be the next prime minister than in managing the country well.