Street protests not the way, says Hisham­mud­din

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

KUALA LUMPUR: Lis­ten­ing to the peo­ple’s prob­lems and us­ing feed­back to for­mu­late poli­cies is a more ef­fec­tive method than hold­ing street demon­stra­tions, says Umno vice-pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Hisham­mud­din Hussein.

He said Umno had long adopted the ap­proach to be close to the grass­roots di­rectly through pro­grammes to cre­ate poli­cies that bet­ter re­flect the peo­ple’s needs.

“This dif­fer­en­ti­ates us from those want­ing to top­ple the government through street demon­stra­tions, prac­tis­ing po­lit­i­cal ha­tred and pro­mot­ing dis­unity.

“Such ac­tion will not bring any mean­ing to the ma­jor­ity of the peo­ple,” he told re­porters at the Ummah Agenda Em­pow­er­ment 2.0 at Pu­tra World Trade Cen­tre.

Hisham­mud­din said opposition po­lit­i­cal mem­bers were us­ing ral­lies to spread pol­i­tics of ha­tred but do not fo­cus on the real is­sues peo­ple are fac­ing.

Mean­while, Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Mul­ti­me­dia Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak yes­ter­day said the “poor” turnout at the Ber­sih rally on Satur­day showed Malaysians re­jected Ber­sih and Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad’s new party.

He said Ma­hathir’s pres­ence at the rally was sup­posed to at­tract Malays to sup­port Parti Pribumi Ber­satu Malaysia (PPBM) and Ber­sih 5, but the turnout showed oth­er­wise.

“The demon­stra­tion only had 3% of (the ca­pac­ity) of the rally last year. Only 15,000 came this time, com­pared to the 500,000 Ber­sih claimed were present dur­ing Ber­sih 4.

“This means the ma­jor­ity of Malaysians re­ject Ber­sih and PPBM,” he said.

How­ever, Ber­sih es­ti­mated that over 100,000 sup­port­ers had turned up for the rally.

Salleh said the pub­lic were able to see for them­selves that PPBM is only a party filled with failed for­mer lead­ers, and that it was only formed by Ma­hathir to al­low his son Datuk Seri Mukhriz Ma­hathir to be­come prime min­is­ter.

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