After four days of congregating at the Putra World Trade Centre, the curtains at Umno’s second annual meeting as an opposition party finally closed as its top two leaders imparted strong yet contrasting messages.
One spoke of a frank counsel, the other took a stern vow
KUALA LUMPUR — Dec. 7, 2019: He has said it at many a political rally and today at his party’s annual meeting, Umno number two Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan said it again — that Umno’s defeat at last year’s national poll was its own doing.
For members and leaders to discard the tendency to backbite one another is of utmost importance if they want to win the next general election, reminded Mohamad as he wrapped-up his take on the party.
“We cannot be leveraging on Pakatan Harapan’s weaknesses alone to win the next general election. If we are strong on our own, then no one will dare to fight us. Enough bickering with each other….. solve our disagreements amicably,” he said.
He also warned party members and leaders that they should not be complacent and comfortable with the Muafakat Nasional front that had won Umno, its allies in Barisan Nasional and Pas, four of the five by-elections this year.
“If we cannot win the next general election then we should all stop being politicians and let others take over,” he sternly said.
While Mohamad gave his sobering advice, president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi vowed that he will lead Umno back into the seat of governance without using underhanded tactics.
“God-willing, we [the leaders] have unanimously agreed that we will only use the front door to form a government,” said Zahid, repeating the point in his opening address.
In a bid to allay lingering suspicion of an internal ploy to entice Umno parliamentarians to defect to Pakatan, Zahid disclosed that he had met those who were tempted to do so. They in return promised their unyielding loyalty to Umno.
“Once we win [the next general election] whatever we pawned will be recovered; whatever we sold, we will buy them back. This is my promise.”