Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak seems to have set the agenda for next week’s Umno assembly as he builds up the momentum and subjects for party delegates to debate intellectually and not emotionally.
Two main subjects that Najib, as Umno president, had put forward for delegates to ponder and debate on – party members and leaders should begin fighting back against all the allegations from oppositions while at the same time be pro-active and demand from Chinese community that seems to have no ending but their loyalty is still not with the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN).
The pointers have been given and on Sunday, Umno supreme council member Datuk Tajuddin Rahman had begun calling on party leaders who have been ‘warming their positions’ to make way for new young blood, taking the cue from Najib’s speech at Selangor Umno convention early this month.
On the Chinese community, Najib had on Sunday in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, had open up on his feeling, asking what more did the Chinese community wants since the ruling BN government had assured and given them guarantee and financial aid on Chinese schools but the loyalty is still not there.
The coming party assembly is not expected to be purely a ‘Chinese bashing’ theme as seen in most of the party annual general assemblies (AGMs) before but rather it is expected to be both ways – Chinese and Malay bashing.
Najib, as party president, and as normally practiced by previous party presidents, always set the pace and agenda before the assembly and delegates as well as state liaison chiefs who are MenterisBesar and Chief Minister know where to pick from there.
Despite the resolutions passed and adopted by the 198 divisions and vetted by the resolution committee, the debate will normally touch on the subject of the resolutions on the surface but the content of the debates will follow the cue or pointers by the president’s speeches in the run-up to the assembly as well as on the day of the assembly.
The resolutions to be debated will be as usual – the president’s speech, education, economy and religion.
In short, next week’s Umno assembly will see delegates calling for state chiefs and division heads who are not productive to give way for young members and at the same time, hitting out at Chinese for ‘dumping’ Barisan Nasional (BN) in last year’s general election.
Issues such as the Islamic State (IS) threat, the Sedition Act, vernacular school which is Chinese school, inserting Sunnah Wal Jamaah in the Federal Constitution and others are expected to be just ‘mentioned in passing.’
The Sedition Act and Chinese school issue are expected to be incorporated in the ‘Chinese bashing’ debate but as normal, as the norm of decades old trend, the ‘bashing’ will stay in the hall and the party leaders know how to deal with the delegates emotions.
There will also be calls in the debate for Umno to refine and rectify the weaknesses in the new system in the party election where some 146,000 members representing the 3 million-odd members took part.MYNEWSHUB