What if Anwar fulfils PH’s pledges, Umno Youth vice-chief asks delegates

Umno Youth vice-chief Shahril Hamdan says what the party is facing now is the people’s anger against PH, not love for Umno.

KUALA LUMPUR: Challenging Umno Youth delegates to come up with solutions to the people’s problems, its vice-chief Shahril Hamdan today prodded them to ponder over the consequences if Anwar Ibrahim was able to fulfil Pakatan Harapan’s pledges.

In closing the youth wing’s meeting, Shahril said there needed to be a “second phase” to the youth wing’s plans following the national unity charter with PAS, echoing Umno deputy president Mohamad Hasan’s call for “a new deal”.

“We have to be agile with our ideas, but so far I’ve yet to see any details.

“Don’t wait until three or four months before the next general election before we start to think about a manifesto,” he said.

He posed the possibility that PKR president and prime minister-in-waiting Anwar might fulfil the promises made in the GE14 PH manifesto.

“Anwar never said: ‘We didn’t expect to win, that’s why we made such promises’.

“What does this mean? This means that he’s reserving room to fulfil PH’s promises.

“If he fulfils the PH promises, we will be helpless.

“Imagine this — free PTPTN loans, free tolls, BR1M reimplemented widely.

“What are we going to do then? That’s why I say that this is all a test.

“What we’re facing now is the people’s anger against PH, not love for Umno,” he told the delegates at the Putra World Trade Centre here today.

A section of the Umno Youth delegates.

In the recent Tanjung Piai by-election, BN won by a wide margin and this was widely attributed to the voters’ unhappiness over PH being unable to fulfil its GE14 promises and the high cost of living.

Shahril said the party needed to ensure it had learnt its lesson from its failures and shortcomings in the previous administration, warning delegates against being proud and chasing positions.

“I think the people would have no problem if we made mistakes previously — they’ve already punished us.

“But if we keep on mocking the people by saying, ‘Serves you right for choosing PH’, then that’s wrong.”