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HomeMalaysia NewsUmno Youth's Fearless Leadership Predicted To Herald Party Revival, Affirms Ismail Sabri

Umno Youth’s Fearless Leadership Predicted To Herald Party Revival, Affirms Ismail Sabri

Ismail Sabri Yaakob, the former prime minister, expresses unwavering optimism regarding the pivotal role played by the courageous leadership of Umno Youth in the rejuvenation of the party. In a recent Facebook post, Ismail Sabri, formerly a vice-president of Umno, underscores the historical legacy of fearlessness exhibited by the youth wing in articulating its positions to safeguard both the party’s and the public’s interests. He contends that the youthful faction bears the weighty responsibility of safeguarding the enduring principles of Umno and ensuring their resonance with the upcoming generation. As the Umno Youth wing commemorates its 74th anniversary, Sabri’s belief in the potential of the current leadership’s valor to breathe new life into the party comes to the fore.

Reflecting on his own political odyssey that germinated within the crucible of Umno Youth, Ismail Sabri traces his trajectory to the pinnacle of national leadership in Putrajaya. He acknowledges that the youth wing has historically imbued its members with ideals, fostering a sense of self-worth, and imparting the navigational acumen necessary to ascend to the zenith of governance—a journey that Sabri himself undertook.

Dr. Akmal Saleh, the stalwart leader of Umno Youth, has previously implored the party’s higher echelons to orchestrate transformative shifts in the aftermath of a deleterious showing in recent state elections, echoing the specter of potential obliteration in the absence of recalibration. The electoral outcome saw Umno secure a mere 19 out of the 108 contested seats across six states, with Terengganu registering as a nadir, presenting the party with a whitewash across all 32 seats in contention. Akin to the metaphor of phoenixes from ashes, Sabri’s contemplations contextualize the path of reform against the backdrop of historic adversity.

Umno’s broader electoral stumble was notably accentuated during the 15th general election under the stewardship of Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, resulting in a paltry 26 parliamentary seats. Unanimous in their voices, a chorus of demands for Zahid’s abdication from the presidency arose, a sentiment shared by figures such as Idris Jusoh, former Terengganu Umno chief.

Sabri discerns the electoral setback as an emphatic manifestation of the smoldering disenchantment and ire smothering the ranks of Malay voters, as well as the party’s own adherents, in a manner likened to a blazing conflagration within dry straw. From this analysis emerges an impassioned entreaty: the custodians of Umno’s uppermost ranks must attune their ears to the clarion call of the grassroots, resounding with the plea for leadership transitions, an imperative envisaged as the cornerstone of the party’s prospective renewal.