JOHOR BARU: A local Umno leader has called for the restructuring of the present coalition government and let Umno take over the premiership to lead the country and revive its economy and social system.
Johor Umno treasurer Datuk Md Jais Sarday said the party had experience in handling the government and should be given a chance to manage the situation, especially during these dire times due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Umno and Barisan Nasional have the most number of members with an organised machinery in the Peninsular and Sabah compared with any of the present coalition partners.
“Our machinery will be able to handle the government’s delivery system and help to battle this pandemic and ensure the country’s recovery,” he said, adding that Umno should also be given key ministries to helm including education, agriculture and rural development.
Md Jais, who is also Kluang Umno division chief, said the restructuring of the present coalition was necessary after it had been plagued by various “failed government” connotations, especially on social media, about its poor delivery system and aid to the people during this pandemic.
“I hope that Bersatu (Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia) and PAS can be big-hearted and step aside for an Umno leader to take over to lead the country,” he added.
On the supreme council meeting later on Tuesday (Aug 3), Md Jais said he hopes Umno takes a respectful step in managing the political crisis in the country.
“Umno must find a way out of the negative impression that the people have about the present failed coalition government,” he said, adding that people were closely watching Umno leaders’ actions and their moves.
He added that Umno had the advantage to resolve the present crisis as in the past the party was just a mere facilitator for the formation of the coalition government but must now exert itself as a decider.
“Umno should also ensure all members including its MPs comply with the decisions and party discipline,” he said.
He also said the party should always stick to its core principles of basis and purpose in handling the present crisis, to defend the federal and state constitutions and uphold the institution of Rulers.