‘Boost good­will within party’

> Khairy tells Youth wing to strengthen ties be­tween lead­ers and grass­roots

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY AMAR SHAH MOHSEN AND AIEZAT FADZELL

KUALA LUMPUR: Umno Youth chief Khairy Ja­malud­din ( pix) has urged the wing to strengthen its spirit of ca­ma­raderie be­tween lead­ers and grass­roots to en­sure the party con­tin­ues to progress.

Khairy said all party mem­bers must not only cor­rect oth­ers but should also ac­cept any ad­vice or crit­i­cism with an open heart.

On his friend­ship with Umno Tereng­ganu Youth chief Mohd Jo­hari Abu Bakar, he said: “We go way back and I could not be­lieve that he is now the Tereng­ganu Youth chief. He even dreams of be­ing the state men­tri be­sar. But jokes aside, this is a story of true brother­hood.

“We can joke even when we are up on stage, that is the mean­ing of brother­hood. It’s okay for us to ad­vise one another be­cause we do it for the bet­ter­ment of Umno,” he said at the wing’s assem­bly yes­ter­day.

Khairy also urged party mem­bers to be closer to the rakyat and do what­ever pos­si­ble to win their hearts if they wish to see the party re­main dom­i­nant.

“For in­stance, when I was in Tereng­ganu some time ago, I ate bubur asyura with the peo­ple there, but I have never liked it. But it is not that I am a hyp­ocrite or merely act­ing, I do it be­cause I am the peo­ple’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive. Even if I was forced to eat from a thou­sand pots, I would do it be­cause we want to win their hearts.

“Just do it, as the rea­son we are even here is the rakyat,” he said.

Khairy stressed the need for Umno to be a party for the com­mon­ers, while also com­mend­ing all del­e­gates who had spo­ken on is­sues that are per­ti­nent to the rakyat dur­ing the de­bate. He also re­it­er­ated the im­por­tance of to­geth­er­ness in a party, cit­ing how his deputy Khairul Azwan Harun had pre­vi­ously been the party’s “bad boy” be­fore re­main­ing true to Umno and its lead­er­ship.

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