Zahid, ignore UMNO’s hero-wannabes. Soldier on with honour

TTF: This culture of overriding the Majlis Tertinggi UMNO by issuing coded threats through the media (see news item below) is downright pathetic. It appears that some hero-wannabes are riding on Barisan’s dismal performance at the ballot box to rake in mileage and shine their stars. This is the Pakatan Harapan culture, not ours.

TTF urges Dato’ Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin Hussein to stay strong and not succumb to jungle-styled negotiations with these wannabes. If they’re disgruntled, they are free to leave UMNO as our concern is squarely with building a party that is cultured. We do not need people who subscribe to jungle-styled tactics and can perform better without them around.

Islam has its dos and don’ts with regards to mannerisms. We call it the adab, an aspect of Malay and Islamic culture that the UMNO leadership must uphold. If these ‘dissenters’ are sincere in effecting changes, they should seek muzakarah with the Majlis Tertinggi and not bxtch about in public spheres.

Even the Prophet Muhammad did not forbid his followers from meeting the Firaun, telling his sahabat instead that if they did so, it would ultimately benefit the ummah. Let these fellows buzz off if they’re bent on transgressing the party decorum. That would help cleanse UMNO of hero-wannabes and leave us with the cream of the crop.

Yes, sometimes, it’s good to be at the bottom of the pit.

IPOH: The people would continue to reject Umno if its members continue to practise the ‘fear’ culture with regards to the contest on the party’s top positions, said Perak Umno Veteran chairman Datuk Khalid Nasir.

He said the party should take daring steps towards transformation by allowing for the positions to be contested.

“Through election process, the members are able to choose leaders who worthy of leading Umno as part of the recovery process after suffering a defeat in the 14th General Election (GE14).

“This could be achieved with the condition that no money politics is involved. Otherwise, Umno will not be able to produce true leaders. Instead, those with money will get their way up,” he said when asked on the proposal by Melaka Umno that the three top positions in the party were made non-contestable in the coming polls.

They are party president, deputy president and one of the vice-president post.

Khalid said he echoed the sentiment of party leaders in the grassroots level as “it is now the time for a transformation”.

He said previously, challenging the top leadership was seen as the cause for problems and disunity.

“It is no longer a problem as the issue now is to ensure that Umno can rise and regain power,” he said.

Among those who objected the suggestion were Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin and Negeri Sembilan information chief, Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan.

Political analysts were also of the opinion that the top posts were contested to bring changes that would attract support from the grassroots.

They felt that the old practise of discouraging contests that was based on solidarity concept was no longer relevant.

Currently, the role of the party president is being held held by Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, while vice-president, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, is also carrying duties of the deputy president.

This was following the resignation of Datuk Seri Najib Razak as Umno president and Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman on May 12 due to the party’s dismal performance in GE14.

Source: NST Online

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