KUALA LUMPUR – July 2, 2020: Umno deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan has held his party accountable for the unprecedented loss of ground Barisan Nasional suffered in the 2018 general elections.
He told an online forum organised by Umno Online last night that the defeat was primarily self-inflicted by Umno leaders who were oblivious to the then political dynamics which were unfavourable to them.
“Some said we lost because of certain issues but most of it was actually due to our inability to fulfil the demands of the people, not addressing local issues and fielding unacceptable candidates. These were the real reasons we lost,” he said.
Prior to this, Mohamad had only expressed this opinion at low-key political rallies during the five by-elections last year.
He reminded Umno leaders and members that the people have a very high expectation of the party, more so that it is now part of the Perikatan Nasional government.
“The people want to see us change and to do that Umno needs to have the capability to do so…. the capability to be palatable to the people,” he said.
At the forum, Mohamad reiterated his call for snap election, which looked to be not well-received by some in Umno and Pakatan.
“We must strike while the iron is hot. Our enemies are in a mess right now. They are weak. This is the time to seek a fresh mandate from the people. The political dynamics right now are favourable to us. This is what I believe.
“Some say we should solve the people’s problems first but that is never-ending. Solving the people’s woes will always be a work in progress. We can still solve it after we get a fresh mandate,” said Mohamad.