Youth Supporting Opposition Will Affect UMNO’s Strength – Student Leaders

Youth Supporting Opposition Will Affect UMNO’s Strength – Student Leaders

By Erda Khursyiah Basir

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) — The action of a handful of young Malays who blindly support the ideology and even participate in opposition-organised activities could contribute to DAP’s dominance, according to some student leaders.

Federation of Peninsular Malay Students (GPMS) president Zambri Mohd Isa said DAP’s dominance which had no commitment to protect the rights and privileges of the Malays and Bumiputeras and to uphold Islam, would lead to the disappearance of these aspects.

“When we raise the dignity of DAP, that means Malay dominance is gone because DAP will never raise the dignity of the Malays and Islam. I believe this is the reason why the Malays must unite under UMNO.

“If there is hatred and anger, we settle it inside UMNO. Don’t sacrifice the principles of Islam and the Malays to the extent that you want to join the opposition,” he told Bernama.

UMNO president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in his presidential policy speech at the 2016 UMNO General Assembly on Thursday said voters in the 14th General Election (GE14) would determine who should lead the administration of the country.

The prime minister said Malaysians, especially Malays and Bumiputeras would face the most crucial crossroad in the annals of the country’s politics in making the decision.

GE14 will see votes from about 5.8 million young voters or 46.6 per cent of the total voters.

Elaborating, Zambri said ahead of the GE14, the Malays would not have any other choice but to continue to support UMNO because it was the only party that took care of Islam and Malay rights.

“There is no other alternative. No matter how bad UMNO is, that’s the best party that can defend Islam and Malays in this country. Thus, young people shouldn’t put their principles at stake,” he said.

He also urged young people to get to know the party they wanted to support, to ensure they would not be manipulated by certain parties, which had personal agendas.

“In Pakatan Harapan, the decision maker is DAP. If we see in terms of the DAP constitution, they want this country to be secular where all religions and races are equal,” he said.

National Student Representative Council (MPPK) president Muhammad Farhan Khairuddin said the DAP indoctrination among young people, especially university students, often used the excuse of ‘fight against tyranny’ and street rallies were the ‘halal’ medium for that purpose.

He said young people should be aware of the opposition’s manipulation and anti-opposition sentiments and must refrain from being manipulated.

“The organisation of Bersih rally with its five demands, in fact has a larger agenda, including to recognise the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender), to promote a culture of violence and to oppose the constitutional democracy system,” he said.

Muhammad Farhan said it was trying to cover up its racist sentiment by hailing some Malay youth icons like Dyana Sofea Mohd Daud.

Meanwhile, Wales UMNO Overseas Club chairman Mohd Salahuddin Saufry Hamzah said young people must be smart in differentiating between facts and lies when choosing the government or the opposition.

If they only used the social media as a platform to decide which side to vote for, he said that indicated low political literacy.

“The current policies of UMNO and Barisan Nasional are not only concerned on Malays alone. This proves that UMNO is the Malay party, which is relevant to all people,” he said.

— BERNAMA