- Johor Umno Youth will respect the aspirations of both the party president and its deputy president
Johor Umno Youth will respect the aspirations of both the party president and its deputy president following the speech by Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin during the opening of Kluang Umno’s division meeting yesterday.
Johor Umno Youth chief Hahasrin Hashim said most of the state’s party members were aware of the need to put their own sentiments aside after Muhyiddin was abruptly dismissed from his Cabinet posts last week.
“Datuk Seri Najib Razak as Prime Minister and Umno president, and also Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who is Umno deputy president, are our party’s leaders and we still accord respect to both senior leaders.
“Muhyiddin’s speech yesterday also showed that Umno as a party will have to come first before the individual, and we at the grassroots in Johor will respect that decision,” he said when contacted by The Rakyat Post today.
Hahasrin explained that in Johor, Umno was different and holds a special place for most of its members and Johoreans on the whole.
“People must understand that Umno was born in Johor and it is seen as a significant political institution for many Johoreans.
“So the issue of breaking ranks with Umno here does not really arise as the party holds a special place for many Umno members in the state.”
Hahasrin also rubbished talk of unhappy Umno members, especially those in the youth ranks, leaving the party due to the dismissal of Johor-born Muhyiddin from his posts as Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister last week.
At present, he said, there was no issue with most Umno members, especially the youth movement in Johor on this matter.
Hahasrin, who is also the Tenggara Umno division youth chief, said most of the state’s movement members had accepted Muhyiddin’s message well and will stay loyal to Umno and also to the party president.
He also shared hopes that Umno’s grassroots in the state could move past the matter and continue along with the party.
Several days ago, there was talk of an apparent “revolt” by several young Umno members on the issues concerning Muhyiddin, who many Johor party members look up to.
However, a source close to the state party leadership said talk of unhappiness within Johor Umno, especially within the youth, was not true at all.
“Overall, Johor Umno members from most of the 26 divisions in the state are still solidly behind the party.
“Yesterday’s speech by Muhyiddin in the Kluang Umno’s division meeting also demonstrated the need for respect and loyalty to the party, no matter the circumstances,” said the source.
However, the source did not discount the possibility that there may be a few state Umno members who were disappointed with the events last week for sentimental reasons.
“That is understandable. As Johoreans, and being Johor Umno members, we have some pride, especially if it affects one of our country’s leaders.”
The source said this only affected a small number of members and there was no possibility of Umno members from a division or branch quitting en masse due to the issue.
“As a party, we need to be united and prepare for further challenges ahead,” said the source, adding that rumours of Johor Umno members leaving the party were starting to lose ground in the state since yesterday.