KUALA LUMPUR: Umno has identified four main challenges to the party including the threats of former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak said Dr Mahathir, who is now cooperating with DAP and the Opposition, was clearly working against the party’s struggle and the country’s social contract, which was already pre-determined since Independence.
“Any parties who are clearly questioning the basis of the country is our political enemy.
“We must be careful with what has been said by him during ceramah and interviews so the rakyat will not be influenced by it,” he said during his opening address at the Media Information Convention 2016 at Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) on Tuesday.
Salleh, who is the party’s treasurer, said that Umno recorded its best performance during the 2004 general election when Dr Mahathir left the party, winning 109 parliamentary seats, a gain of 32 from the previous one.
“That is the best performance we recorded. However, in 2008, when Dr Mahathir attacked Pak Lah (Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi), we became weak and lost our two thirds majority in Parliament.
“From the figures, clearly we can see he is a factor and a threat towards us,” said Salleh.
Salleh added other challenges include the slander made against Umno, approaching the younger generation and party unity.
“We must stand up and continue to fight all the slander made against us.
“The party should be able to explain clearly to the rakyat to get rid of the negative perceptions made by our political enemy,” said Salleh.