KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 2 ― Umno cannot rest on its laurels if it is to retain the support of the Malay community, a party delegate from Johor said at its general assembly today.
Johor Umno representative Datuk Ayub Rahmat reminded the party that it only came to be because of the Malays and its achievements were also built on the support of the community.
“I would like to stress that it is not the Malays that owe Umno. It is Umno that owes the Malays,” he said.
He also said that the loyalty earned was not eternal and must be renewed by the party's continuing efforts to aid the community rather than demanded as of right.
Umno must also not depend on the previous narrative that Malay success was dependent on the party, Ayub said when stressing that the party must offer new hope for the country's dominant ethnic group.
He also said that the party must move on from primarily fighting for the Malays' special privileges and supremacy, and shift its focus to the modern challenges facing the community such as how to be competitive in the current global economy.
“It is time for Umno to stop asking the Malays to pledge themselves to Umno. In fact, it is time for Umno stop reminiscing about what it has done for the Malays,” he explained.
Johor is the birthplace of Umno. Former Umno deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who is now president of the splinter Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, hails from the state.