‘Umno needs to be more dy­namic to at­tract youth’

New Straits Times - - NEWS / NATION -

KUALA LUMPUR: Umno needs to adopt a more lib­eral and dy­namic ap­proach in han­dling var­i­ous is­sues, in line with the cur­rent po­lit­i­cal sce­nario.

The Coun­cil of For­mer Elected Rep­re­sen­ta­tives pres­i­dent Tan Sri Ab­dul Aziz Rah­man said Umno could do this with­out los­ing its iden­tity as a cham­pion of Malay rights and pro­tec­tor of Is­lam as en­shrined in the Fed­eral Con­sti­tu­tion.

He said the youth had a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive on is­sues, es­pe­cially those con­cern­ing race and re­li­gion.

“They are more open to ac­cept­ing things. If Umno wants to win over this group, it has to re­strate­gise and adapt to the cur­rent trends.”

He said this when asked to com­ment on for­mer Umno Youth chief Khairy Ja­malud­din’s state­ment that Umno was at a cross­roads, but the party was stuck in its old mind­set.

Khairy had said Umno could for­get about re­claim­ing Pu­tra­jaya if it con­tin­ued to harp on is­sues such as the ap­point­ments of non-Malays as at­tor­ney-gen­eral, chief jus­tice and oth­ers.

Aziz said Khairy’s views were spot on as he un­der­stood what the youth wanted.

He said Khairy had seen how Pakatan Hara­pan had cap­tured the imag­i­na­tion of the younger gen­er­a­tion by of­fer­ing them what they de­sired.

“Pakatan Hara­pan formed the gov­ern­ment by pro­vid­ing the youth an al­ter­na­tive.

“The strict ide­o­log­i­cal war strat­egy adopted by Umno can­not work any­more... the party has to come up with a new strat­egy.”

Tan Sri Ab­dul Aziz Rah­man

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