An Umno Youth delegate today chided MIC president S Samy Vellu, Gerakan deputy president Dr Koh Tsu Koon and MCA vice-president Ong Tee Kiat for behaving rudely (kurang ajar) towards Umno president Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
Speaking at the Umno Youth annual meet, Selangor delegate Ramli Simbok said several Barisan Nasional (BN) component leaders have been emboldened by the rift among the Malays to the point of challenging the premier.
“When there is a crisis in Umno’s top leadership, certain quarters will take advantage and it is sad to see when friends try to take a shot at our president. Umno Youth would like to remind these people not to forget themselves.
“Ong Tee Kiat must not forget that he is indebted to the Malays. He won in the by-election (in Ampang during the early 90s) because of the support of Umno. We sacrificed an Umno seat for him
“If they want to reprimand (the premier), do it in the right way, don’t use the media and expose everything. The media too have their limit ... their limit is racial sensitivity,” he added.
Ramli said Umno Youth will defend the party president if there are quarters who want to challenge or threaten him.
He also said it was not wrong for Umno leaders to champion the rights of the Malays when these are threatened or challenged by other races.
“If we keep nodding our heads ... what will happen to the Malay race?” he stressed, expressing full support for Umno Youth deputy chief Khairy Jamaluddin’s assertion in September that the Chinese will take advantage if the Malays are weak.
Khairy’s statement was met with strong criticisms from the Chinese community, including BN component parties such as MCA and Gerakan.
Meanwhile, Ramli said Umno leaders should put an end to any crisis at the top level because this will affect the party and BN during the general election.
“Look at the 1999 general election, in many places, BN candidates won with a slim majority. We must learn from this experience,” he added.
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