KUALA LUMPUR – Delegates selected as spokesmen in the debates at the 2014 Umno General Assembly (UGA) should not be too emotional because such sentiments may be misinterpreted, advised Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein.
Although no restrictions were imposed on the speakers, their speeches must be realistic and avoid touching on sensitive issues, he said.
“The delegates must debate based on facts instead of being emotional and irrational.
“Do remember that our forum is not only confined to the delegates, but many people from various strata of society and religion are following the Umno debates,” said Hishammuddin, who is also the Chairman of the Motion Committee and Spokesman for the 2014 Umno General Assembly.
He disclosed this to reporters after the Special Briefing by Umno Deputy President Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin together with the Spokesman of the Supreme Council (MT) Motion and the Umno wings at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), here today.
“With the current development of technology including the social media, we cannot restrict the speeches…so, it’s better that we are realistic and draw up plans,” he said.
The briefing, that lasted one-and-a-half hours, was attended by about 60 people including 42 spokesmen of the Supreme Council and Umno wings.
Hishammuddin said the Umno assembly and debates, which were closely followed by many groups, proved that the party was capable of championing the cause of the people as a whole and not merely the Malays.
“I’m happy that members of the public are still interested in the Umno General Assembly. If the people are not bothered that the assembly is meaningful and has significance, then it is a very bad sign for the party.
“We want a new spirit from the delegates to activate Umno according to the current political landscape and acceptable to the various strata of society in future,” he added.
The Umno General Assembly, beginning today until Saturday, is attended by 5,739 delegates. – BERNAMA