Zahid proposes advisory council in Umno revamp

Kamles Kumar Radzi Razak

Ahmad Zahid Hamidi says Umno cannot avoid a total revamp if it wants to be a strong opposition party. – The Malaysian Insight pic by Seth Akmal, June 23, 2018.

AMONG Umno’s possible reforms is the appointment of an advisory council, said party presidential candidate Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

Both Umno and the coalition it leads, Barisan Nasional, need to be completely revamped to stay relevant, said the Umno vice-president, who is currently taking on the duties of the president.

Zahid, who is also the former deputy prime minister, said Umno could not avoid a total revamp if it wanted to be a strong opposition party.

“We should admit that Umno and BN suffered a loss. We lost and failed to form the government. We now need to be watchdogs to the performance of the current government,” he said at the Putra World Trade Centre today.

“Revamp not just the party charter, but Umno’s structure.

“In terms of a holistic change, we could consider an advisory body, but this will depend on whether the (Umno) Supreme Council approves of one,” he said.

Another possible change was to open the party to Umno sympathisers and supporters even if they were not members.

Zahid said he did not want Umno to follow the moulds of other political parties.

The party must not lose sight of its main goals to uphold Malay rights, the position of the Malay rulers, and Islam as the official religion, he added.

“We must admit our people live in a plural society. We need to ensure the Malay agenda is fulfilled, without forsaking the other races.” – June 23, 2018.

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