PEKAN – Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) failed to understand the Selangor state constitution when it disputed the power of the Sultan, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah over the appointment of the menteri besar.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the party was also willing to be in cahoots with DAP just to fulfil its aim of getting Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail appointed as the new Selangor menteri besar.
“Just look at the antics of PKR in Selangor…they don’t understand the constitution and the position of the royal rulers.
“The obvious is one thing, they don’t understand the implicit too but I understand. That is why they are in cahoots with DAP, as though giving an ultimatum to the Sultan.”
Najib said this in his winding-up speech of the debate at the Pekan Umno division delegates’ meeting at the Convention Hall, here, Sunday.
In light of this development, he said Umno members needed to explain to their children what could happen if Umno, in particular, and Barisan Nasional (BN) were no longer in power.
“What will happen to our institution of rulers, to Islam and to the position of the Malays? All these we must explain to our children.
“Never allow a situation to occur where children of Umno members decide not to join the party. I loathe to hear if there are people like Dayana (Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud); the parents are Umno people and their child joined DAP. Hence, we must ‘Umnonise’ our children,” he said.
Naib said if this was not done, Umno’s admirable struggles in looking after the lot of the Malays and the position of Islam, as well as in upholding the royal institution could not be ensured of continuity.
He also noted that there were civil servants whose children disliked the government but at the same time, expected various forms of assistance from the government.
Najib said Umno also needed to practise a new pattern of politics to enable the party to be seen as always changing with the times and as dynamic.
“The world today requires us to practise new politics. If we are still with the old politics and do not understand new politics, how are we going to handle the young?
“We must also understand the vehicles or media used by young people for information. Their sources of information are no longer the newspapers and television but the social media through their smartphones.
“In this situation, we must ensure that Umno has a role. This way, Umno’s image will be seen as fresher and receptive to new technology, and as a party of the future and not as a party of the past,” he said. – Bernama