Umno Youth exco member Fathul Bari says Umno has a right to defend the Malay race. - The Malaysian Insider pic, December 5, 2013.Umno members should not worry if they are called racists, a youth exco member told the Umno general assembly today.
"Don't worry if others accuse us of being racists because we are only protecting our rights.
"Not only that, we also protect the rights of others," said Fathul Bari during a debate.
He then drew a parallel with the DAP, asking what the Chinese-dominated party has contributed to all Malaysians.
"Look at their contribution... more for their own race... so do not blame Umno for empowering our race (Malay). Do not prevent us from defending our race," he said to loud applause from the delegates.
The call to uphold Malay rights and supremacy has been repeated throughout the assembly.
In his speech, Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin, who is also the Youth and Sports Minister, had castigated non-Malay companies for not hiring Malay chief executives.
Meanwhile, former Puteri Umno chief Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said warned that Umno should engage with the youth and not lament later of a "youth tsunami", after the so-called "Chinese tsunami" in the last election.
Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Razak himself had reminded the Malays that their rights would not be championed if not for Umno.
“Without Umno where would Malays be?" he had said in his speech at the assembly this morning.
"Do we want the Malay struggle to be destroyed in this land? Would Malays be willing to be sidelined in their own land?”
He had also said that the economic empowerment of Malays must remain the government’s main agenda if Malaysia is to progress.
“As the majority race, the economic empowerment agenda of the Malays and Bumiputera should be the core national agenda.
“What is the purpose if our country is advanced but its majority race is sidelined and unprotected?” he had asked.
Meanwhile, PKR vice-president N. Surendran has accused Umno of being a hurdle to racial harmony.
“Umno's racial politics has polarised the nation and continues to build walls between the various races in our country,” he said today. - December 5, 2013.