KUALA LUMPUR – The next general election will not be “business as usual” for Umno as it must streamlined efforts to engage voters at all stages.
Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said members must know how to read the voters’ behaviour before trying to get the party’s message across to them.
“Umno has come up to speed, in some ways, with the issues that had been our weaknesses before this, such as fake news.
“As such, we need major support from members for our GE14 manual, which will highlight streamlined efforts for our election machinery,” he said when opening the Kepong Wanita Umno meeting.
Hishammuddin, who is also Defence Minister, said Umno had managed to overcome the challenges in the past two years, including the exit of Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
“At that time, many Umno members, especially those in Johor, were confused and torn between their loyalty to the party and their friendship with the individuals who left.
“Now I see that members who chose loyalty are more calm and ready to carry on the fight, to face the general election,” he said.
Hishammuddin said Umno members had remained true to the party even when his own grandfather, Datuk Onn Jaafar, made his exit from Umno.
“It is because they remained committed to building the party that I, his grandson, now have the chance to realise his vision for Umno at the time.
“If members can remain loyal despite all these challenges, Umno will be able to overcome so much more,” he said.
However, Hishammuddin observed that a win for Umno in the general election would not mean anything without the support of Barisan component parties.
“I do not fear we may lose, I fear we may win without the support of the other races in Malaysia.
“One such win is not worth celebrating because Malaysia is multiracial and we need the support from Malaysians across the board if we are to claim a victory,” he said.