KUALA LUMPUR: A representative of Johor Umno today called on the party’s leadership to sow several key elements in the Muafakat Nasional alliance, calling it a “new nationalism”.
Kulai Umno deputy chief Mohd Jafni Syukor said the collaboration between Umno and PAS, the two biggest Malay-Muslim parties, needed to be injected with a new fighting spirit based on this new nationalism.
Jafni said the Malays needed to show themselves as a race who were hungry to advance themselves and be successful by leaving behind the concept of Malay supremacy, adding that they were too comfortable with being “landlords”.
“Yes, we’re proud of it (the title of landlord) but it must be proportionate.
“Malays must learn to be richer and more studied, we must be landlords who are successful economically, educationally and socially,
“We must prioritise our mutual interest to ensure our peace and prosperity,” he said at the Umno general assembly at Putra World Trade Centre here today, adding that Muafakat Nasional must be seen as an inclusive agenda for all Malaysians.
Jafni said the Umno-PAS alliance must depict Islam as a progressive and moderate religion, and that it must be the basis of this “new Malay” race.
He also called on Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad to dissolve Parliament as the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government had failed to manage the country well after 18 months in power.
PH suffered its heaviest loss on Nov 16 during the Tanjung Piai by-election, with Barisan Nasional winning the seat with a 15,000-vote majority.