KUALA LUMPUR — December 5, 2019: While their peers were harping on Pakatan Harapan’s unfulfilled promises, two speakers from the Youth and Wanita wings did the opposite today.
The duo from Kedah had instead needled on Umno’s warlord culture and political opportunism, which they believed should be eradicated if party leaders are truly serious in besting Pakatan at the next general election.
Noor Hasnita Md. Isa of the Kuala Kedah Wanita division did not mince words in criticising some Umno leaders who use scheming ploys and dish out promises in exchange for support.
“After we won Cameron Highland, Semenyih, Rantau and Tanjung Piai, they are back with their sweet promises of money and positions. We do not need this drama. Stop it!” was her stern warning which was greeted with deafening cheers and applause from the floor.
A few hours later, it was the turn of Khairul Nidzam Mohd. Rodzi from Jerai.
Khairul Nidzam’s speech was centred on what he described as the re-emergence of the warlords culture following Barisan Nasional’s four by-election victories this year.
“They are starting to sideline us who continue to defend Umno after May 9. The upper echelons always insist that the youths are Umno’s future but do you see an apt representation of youths fielded as election candidates?” was his rhetorical poser.
Both Noor Hasnita and Khairul Nidzan however did not name names.
But the resounding reminder for members to not get overconfident which were echoed by the chiefs of Umno’s three wings during their respective opening speeches today lent credence to the duo’s concerns.
“We need to reflect on our flaws, need to be humble, correct our mistakes and be better, especially in handling internal issues so that we can win back the people’s trust,” said Umno Youth chief Datuk Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki.
Puteri chief Datuk Zahida Zarik Khan said that getting cocky and big-headed over the four by-election victories will surely backfire on Umno in the long-run, with a reminded that the successes were partly due to the people’s dissatisfaction with Pakatan.
“We can’t always leverage on the people’s hate to win. We need to win on our own strengths,” said Zahida.
Wanita chief Datuk Noraini Ahmad also spoke along the same line as Zahida, arguing that the victories may not translate to a sure-fire victory at the next general election.
“Remember how we won big time in the Sungai Besar by-election prior to last year’s general election? We won handsomely there but ultimately we lost on May 9,” Noraini said.