Salleh talks of Umno’s en­e­mies

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY HAIKAL JALIL

KUALA LUMPUR: Umno’s en­emy are those who ques­tion the spe­cial rights pro­vided in the coun­try’s so­cial con­tract to Malays, said Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak (pix).

The Umno Supreme Coun­cil mem­ber said the party had the re­spon­si­bil­ity to en­sure that the so­cial con­tract, pro­vided in the Fed­eral Con­sti­tu­tion, is not breached by other quar­ters.

He out­lined the five rights which have been agreed in the so­cial con­tract by the na­tion’s found­ing fa­thers, which in­clude the po­si­tion of the Malay rulers, the Malay lan­guage, spe­cial rights of Malays and bu­mipu­tra, Is­lam and cit­i­zen­ship.

“Four of the rights, ex­clud­ing cit­i­zen­ship, can­not be shared with oth­ers and are only for Malays,” said Salleh who is com­mu­ni­ca­tions and mul­ti­me­dia min­is­ter.

“This is the ba­sis of Umno’s strug­gle, to en­sure that the rights that can­not be shared must be de­fended. Our en­e­mies are those who try to take away the four rights that can­not be shared with any­one,” he said in his speech at the In­for­ma­tion Con­ven­tion 2016 at Pu­tra World Trade Cen­tre here or­gan­ised in con­junc­tion with the Umno gen­eral assem­bly.

He said Umno must not de­vi­ate from its ini­tial strug­gle to re­main as a party with a clear ide­ol­ogy.

“A party that can re­main for­ever is a party with an ide­ol­ogy. Umno’s ide­ol­ogy is for the ‘bangsa, agama dan ne­gara’ (race, re­li­gion and na­tion). The ba­sis is to de­fend the four rights in the so­cial con­tract,” he said.

How­ever, Salleh noted that party mem­bers some­times for­got the ba­sis of Umno’s strug­gle as they were dis­tracted by other mat­ters.

Salleh named for­mer pre­mier Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad as one of the threats and chal­lenges that Umno needed to deal with.

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