Cracks in Umno Youth after calls for Zahid to go on leave

Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi at the Kuala Lumpur court complex yesterday where he had turned up as a show of support for his predecessor, Najib Razak. – The Malaysian Insight pic by Najjua Zulkefli, October 26, 2018.

CRACKS are appearing in Umno Youth as a handful of the wing’s grassroots leaders are objecting to the move by the leadership to ask party president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to go on leave until his 45 criminal charges are settled in court.

Sg Besar, Kinabatangan and Gopeng Youth division heads issued statements last night, hours after Umno Youth chief Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki announced the exco’s decision urging Zahid to take a break for presidential duties.

Sg Besar chief M. Imran Tamrin said he disagreed with the move as Zahid was innocent until proven guilty and urged the Youth leadership to reconsider its position.

“The investigations and charges against Umno leaders, including Zahid and Najib Razak, are politically motivated. Pakatan Harapan is not practising genuine rule of law and is conducting selective persecutions instead.

“As an opposition party, we should be defending our leaders,” Imran said.

KInabatangan chief Naim Moktar also disagreed, saying the charges against Zahid were aimed at weakening Umno’s leadership.

“Our leaders on the front-lines are the main targets and Umno Youth should be aggressively defending the leadership,” he said.

Umno Youth chief Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki's announcement yesterday that party president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi should go on leave pending 45 charges against him did not go down well with supporters. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, October 26, 2018.

Gopeng Youth chief Mohd Firdaous Mohamad Anwar also made a similar call, asking the exco to rethink its decision and urging Umno Youth to play its role as the party’s “front-line defenders”.

Ordinary member Aemierulrizaki Rambli from Kuala Selangor said Youth members should be examples of “warriors” to young ones and rise to defend their leaders when they are oppressed.

“Umno Youth is the future of the party’s leadership but if this is the way Umno is, then it should bury itself because its leaders have no identity and no fighting spirit,” he said.

Their statements were issued on their personal social media platforms.

Only one Youth grassroots leader has differed so far and is supporting the exco’s decision.

Arau division chief Syed Atif Syed Abu Bakar said the exco’s decision was “professional” because it was distinguishing between Zahid the president, as an individual, and the office or institution of the party president.

“Asking a leader to go on leave doesn’t mean he is guilty. The call to go on leave should be seen as move to separate party from being receiving negative repercussion if the leader found guilty.

“If he is cleared by the court, he will return to the position.”

Syed Atif also said Zahid could have used the time in recent weeks to explain investigations and the corruption allegations against him to all levels of the party’s leadership but did not do so.

His explanations in the media were unconvincing, Syed Atif said, adding that Umno Youth in Perlis had no knowledge about donations from the charity foundation run by Zahid’s family, which purportedly donated funds to tahfiz schools and mosques in the state.

“It is not fair and not appropriate to make everyone use the same script that everyone should blindly support the leadership without a proper explanation first.

“The move by the Youth is professional and is done to protect Umno’s image. If we give blind support, and then there is proof about the alleged crimes or amassing of wealth, what will you say then?”

Umno Supreme Council member Lokman Noor Adam last night fired the first salvo against Asyraf’s leadership of the Youth wing for failing to stand by Zahid. – October 26, 2018.

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  • reality versus past history, those who wants to move forward and those who wants to maintain the tradition

    Posted 5 years ago by Teruna Kelana · Reply

  • Youth chief Dr Asyraf is professional and pragmatic in his approach. He can go far with his level headed style of politics..
    Similarly, the Arau Division Chief raised some strong and valid points.

    Posted 5 years ago by TTs Take · Reply

  • It is very obvious that the top rung leaders of Umno are only selfishly self serving and using the lower rung leaders and members to be their vanguard for shielding them from crime that they have committed. Overall Umno members itself can be seen as intellectually devoid and shallow. Their objections and arguments are clouded by their deeply entrenched communal attitude doctrinally with the 3Rs to give them a sense of make beliefs in supremacy. Actually they are dwelling in their own production celluloid world of Ketuanan. The prime time TV local dramas are misleading them where all the flaunting Tan Sris, Datuk Seris and Datuks characters are just provinding them a figment of a false reality. The propaganda has affected the majority of poor Malays who are seriously thinking that it could be them too them and also do not matter if it is other Malays as hopes is in Umno to realise it for them. The change of regime has jolted some of the Umno members to start questioning and also to challenge the status quo in the party itself. Umno with most of the invinsible wealth are in the War Lords hands and also the party tangible assets are being frozen. It will be a hard sell has to revamp the party using the old school thoughts of ideology. Umno as a matter of factly has nothing to offer Malaysian in being a vibrant and professional opposition bloc ,let alone a future return as the Government. They are a real let down to their Race, Religion and Royalty -- the 3Rs of sandiwara. It is affirmed that Umno has to demise to kick start a new generations of Malaysian to form a party void of communal in nature.

    Posted 5 years ago by Lee Lee · Reply