ALOR GAJAH, Sept 6, 2015:

Spiteful jealousy, a weakness among Malays, needed to be eliminated to ensure strong unity would prevail, especially among Umno members, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

The Umno vice-president said the party’s political enemies saw this spiteful jealousy as a weakness that should be taken advantage of and wanted this bad trait not only to continue, but also deepen.

“History had seen the collapse of Islamic empires and civilizations due to betrayal, jealousy and hatred against one another while there were also those who were willing to compromise with the enemy.

“Betrayal, spiteful jealousy and mutual hatred will undermine our Islamic faith and erode unity among Malays, particularly among Umno members,” he said in his speech when opening the Masjid Tanah Umno delegates’ meeting, here, on Sunday.

Also present were Malacca Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron, who is also the state Umno liaison chief, Tourism and Culture Deputy Minister Datuk Mas Ermieyati Samsudin, who is also Puteri Umno head and Umno executive secretary and Masjid Tanah Umno division head, Datuk Ab Rauf Yusoh.

Ahmad Zahid said the coming into position of an individual was determined by Allah and His servants should not be questioning that out of jealousy.

“The position of a person is very crystal clear; we can work hard and leave it to Allah as fate and destiny can change with prayers.

“But when a person is placed in a position, whether at the branch, divisional, state or central level, solid support should be given to that person,” he said.

Ahmad Zahid said discord among Umno members because some were supporting certain leaders should cease immediately and the party’s members at all levels must be united in support of one leadership.

He said Umno had no more time for infighting with the 14th General Election coming closer, and spiteful jealousy should disappear fast to ensure the party remained as the pillar of the government to continue looking after the people’s lot.

Ahmad Zahid said disunity among Umno members could create a negative perception towards the sacred party of the Malays.

He said Umno was currently facing a “war” of perception and was being judged by the court of public opinion, hence the party members must use their intelligence in facing the current challenges.

“During the colonial days, political strength was dependent on the might of weapons, but today politics is influenced by the mind. When a negative perception is created, the situation will be negative and a person is prejudged through perception.”

In this regard, he said, Umno members needed to be strong and capable, especially in using the social media to counter all the attacks by the party’s political enemies.

“Let’s not lose in the mind war through the social media, let there be no Umno members ‘shooting’ one another in the social media. Stop this immediately.”

At the event attended by 566 Masjid Tanah Umno division delegates, Ahmad Zahid announced an allocation of RM250,000 to upgrade Dewan Tun Syed Ahmad Al-Haj, National Youth Training Institute, here.

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