BUTTERWORTH — June 27, 2018: Umno presidential candidate Tan Sri Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah will ask the party to apologise to Malaysians for failing to fulfill its responsibilities, resulting in the defeat in the general elections on May 9.
The Gua Musang division leader said he wanted all Umno branches and divisions to apologise so that the party can approach the people again and entice them back to support Umno.
“I think they will forgive us. That’s what we have to do…. apologise to all because we neglected the trust which was given to us,” he said at a “Session With Tan Sri Tengku Razaleigh here today.
At a press conference Ku Li, as he is fondly known, said the state assemblymen and members who have left the party were probably dispirited after the severe Barisan Nasional defeat.
“They all got demoralised… maybe waiting for a leader for direction, which way the party is going. Now this party appears leaderless, so they want (a leader) to direct them.
“Perhaps those without a strong faith will not endure, whether there is persuasion from others I do not know, I think that is the basis. They have lost heart in the struggle, so we have to revive it so there will be more confidence in the future of the party, “he said.
Asked whether Umno should introduce a baiah or pledge of allegiance like Pas did to check its members from leaving, he said it was not necessary.
On whether BN was still relevant after some component parties announced they had abandoned it, Ku Li believes it’s still relevant even if there’s only one party left based on the original idea behind its formation.
“Tun Abdul Razak created BN as the extension of the Alliance purely to have political peace so that we do not indulge in too much politicking. For the nation-building efforts I think it is a noble idea. Probably they (component parties) may have lost track because we lost so badly.” — Bernama