KUALA LUMPUR – Delegates taking part in the debate at the Umno General Assembly (PAU) 2014 should be bold enough to speak out against any faults in the party, and not just praise the leaders, said several political analysts.
A lecturer at the Centre for International Studies at the Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) Md Shukri Shuib, said constructive criticisms were important to ensure Umno, a Malay political party, remained relevant, strong and truly based on the needs of the people.
He said the speakers should realise that their presence at the assembly was to be the voice of party members at the grassroots level as well as the people of the country and not to be apple-polishers.
“Speak the truth. Sometimes there are speakers who only praise the administration but do not dare to talk about short-comings, which would be a waste of time.
“They should remember that the assembly is very important as the party’s preparation to face the 14th General Election and not be a platform to gain popularity,” he told Bernama here Tuesday.
Journalism lecturer at the Faculty of Communications and Media Studies, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Prof Madya Dr Ismail Sualman (pic) also said the delegates do not need to say things to please the leaders.
“Do not talk about the good and nice things and sweep the unpleasant things under the carpet because you are afraid it would smear the party’s image and name.
“The time has come for Umno members to be brave in chastising the leaders, and the leaders to accept their comments, no matter how bitter,” he said.
Ismail said the assembly this time should be the best platform for soul-searching by Umno and strengthen ties which have been slightly eroded after the party elections last year.
“I find that after the elections last year, many still bear a grudge and are envious, and this should be immediately tackled,” he said.
Meanwhile, geostrategist lecturer in Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) Prof Dr Azmi Hassan said the speakers should widen the scope of their discussion to include national issues such as the increase in cost of living.
He said this was important to show the people that Umno was not just a party which fought for the Malays but was also able to be the voice of all races and religions.
“Prove to the people that Umno can be a great party,” he said.
The Umno General Assembly 2014 is scheduled for Nov 25 to 29 at the Putra World Trade Centre here. – Bernama