KUALA LUMPUR: Umno youth movement has taken a new role as it embarks on voicing people’s oriented issues, a departure from its usual supportive role of the party leadership and government policies.
It is now determined to be the eyes and ears and messenger of the people although some of the party leaders may see this as being ‘antagonistic and against the ledership’s line of thought.
The movement’s change of role is the focus of Umno three wings assemblies yesterday in the midst of the party facing internal crisis and external crisis of confidence and perception.
Internal crisis is with the party deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin calling on president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to step down due to the embattled 1MDB and RM2.6 billion issues that affect external crisis of confidence and wrong perception.
The movement chief who is also Youth and Sports Minister Khaiy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar said in his opening speech of the movement’s assembly that the change of role was the only way to attract the people to the party and support the ruling coalition of Barisan Nasional.
Khairy is not far from the reality as the people, hit by the rising cost of living are now keeping their grievances in silent and no analyst can truly determine their minds whether they would support or reject the ruling BN in the next general election.
As the saying goes still water runs deep, the so-called Chinese tsunami in the 2013 general election reflected he reality of the saying.
Khairy did not hide his motive in changing the movement’s role – to win the next general election and as if he could read the minds of voters, he is courageous enough to stand up and speak the truth.
Umno has always be protective of the people’s welfare although it is a Malay-based party as reflected in its policies since its formation 69 yeara ago.
However, the last one decade, the party has been labled as being ‘too Malay’ which saw the DAP succeeded in taking away the Chinese voters in stages since the 2008 general election.
Now with the youth movement changing its role and attempting to bridge the gap between the people and Umno, the political scenario in the coming years may see some changes.
The change may also to some extent divert the people’s attention on the current internal party squabble that is expected to see unity shakened.
On the women movement’s assembly, unity and strenghtening loyalty to Najib is the main theme as its chief Datuk Seri Sharizat Jalil stressed on its members undivided support and loyalty to Najib in facing the onslaught from Muhyiddin.
Standing solid behind the party president has always been the women movement’s trait and the party president could always trust them backing him on any issue.
The assemblies of the wings yesterday showed the Muhyiddin-Najib tiff has never been an issue with them, although down below the calmness, the undercurrent may be in turbulence.-MYNEWSHUB.CC/Text: Hassan Idris