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Friday, July 1, 2016

If UK has Brexit, we will have ‘Umno-exit’, says Rafidah

While the United Kingdom went through 'Brexit' after Britons voted to leave the European Union, former cabinet member Rafidah Aziz said Malaysia is not far behind, with its own 'Umno-exit'.

“Umno continues with its own ‘Umno-exit’ by removing several Umno leaders over various reasons and there are those who have left the party,” she said in a Facebook post today.

She said Umno had experienced all kinds of incidents and each occurrence had eroded the party’s strength and resilience, especially when more and more young people seemed to be in the dark about Umno’s past struggles.

The party, therefore, could not simply rely on old sentiments concerning previous struggles as the country’s political scenario as well as its social and economic situation needed different strategies, she said.

“However, we cannot run away from the fact that unity, regardless of time and era, is the key to the success of a party.

“Unity would be affected when the party is split according to groups, when differences of opinion cannot be accepted and are instead considered as defiance,” she said.

Rafidah also said leaders seemed to go out of their way to show that the other was ‘truly ugly and bad’ which had only led to the public viewing all of them as such.

“Politics has become personal. Is this the aim of Umno leaders when they fight among themselves?” she asked.

The former international trade and industry minister reminded how Umno was once deregistered which saw Umno people forming their own parties and going against Umno.

“Why do we let enmity spread in the party – that friends become enemies and enemies end up sharing the same pillow?

“Haven’t we learned from the past? From bitter incidents which had very much affected the party?”

Citing the upcoming month of Shawal, Rafidah said it was only appropriate for everyone to think about where the party was heading to.

“We are not fostering strength if we don’t have unity in its true sense. Unity does not entail shouting (party) slogans, hugging each other or kissing the hands (of leaders),” she added.

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