KUALA LUMPUR, 25 March 2009: Umno Youth today vowed to fight and defeat dirty politicking and defend the country’s sovereignty from being undermined by what the movement’s chief, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, described as traitors.
Hishammuddin said the movement would defend the rule of law, the rights and privileges of Malay [Malaysians] and bumiputeras, the sanctity of Islam and the institution of the Malay rulers.
“We will not allow these pillars to be uprooted in this beloved homeland of ours,” he said in his keynote address at the Umno Youth general assembly at the Putra World Trade Centre today.
Hishammuddin did not name any individual whom he labelled as traitor but said that such a person was willing to do anything, including sowing seeds of discontent, colluding with the enemies and denying the rights of his [or her] own race for the sake of gaining power.
“The person is willing to degrade his own country at various forums worldwide and prepared to ridicule the rulers’ institution and everyone else merely to satisfy his desire,” he said.
Hishammuddin, who is not defending his post as the movement’s chief, said such persons could not be trusted as they constantly hid behind masks of hypocrisy.
He also reminded the opposition parties not to abuse freedom of expression to fan the fire of racism as this could destroy the nation.
“To these irresponsible people, don’t ever attempt to take advantage of the situation to show off courage and to ramble under the immunity provided by the Dewan Rakyat and make wild allegations,” he said.
He told the youth delegates that the opposition was now engaging in organised attempts to undermine the country’s pillars, which formed the basis of the nation’s sovereignty.
“They are questioning the social contract and the special position of the Malays and bumiputera in a very arrogant manner. The social contract is deliberately misinterpreted to fan racial sentiment,” he said.
Hishammuddin also said that he had never betrayed Malay [Malaysians] throughout his 11-year tenure as the movement’s chief.
“I’m aware that there are all sorts of text messages and poison-pen letters being circulated to attack my character but I leave it to God to judge.
“I will never betray the struggle which we inherited from my grandfather (Datuk Onn Jaafar) and father (Tun Hussein Onn). I will never betray the Malay struggle,” he said.
He called on the new Umno Youth leadership to woo the young to join the party and to get closer to the people.
Hishammuddin also called on the delegates to choose leaders who were honest and sincere and able to chart the movement’s future. — Bernama