LAHAD DATU: Silam Umno members criticised The Division's Wanita Umno Chief for using words during her speech at the Umno Silam delegates meeting at Dewan Sri Perdana Lahad Datu, recently, that could weaken the party's team spirit.
Umno Kg Panji Laut II member, Kadir Kalbi, said the speech by Umno Wanita Chief, Saleha Abdul Wahid before 1,000 representatives bordered on racism and can weaken the team spirit among Umno members.
"Among others, she had said, that candidates chosen for the next election here must be born in Silam (Lahad Datu) whereas the question of who is the BN candidate is determined by Umno leadership, "said Kadir.
According to him, as Head of Women in Lahad Datu Parliamentary Constituency covering Kunak, Lahad Datu and Tunku, Saleha should not be saying words like that because it might offend other Umno members and their leaders who are lobbying.
In this regard, he urged no further speeches from Umno leaders whether "intentional" or "unintentional".
"We should redouble our efforts to inculcate greater unity and freindship among members of Umno and other BN component, rather than adding clutter to the minds of the members themselves, "he said.
He also invites Umno members not to be thinking of selected candidates but instead focus on how to strengthen the party and block the support of the opposition.
Kadir said Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak had repeatedly advised Umno members to not trigger internal problem for any matters arising can be discussed amicably.
"... moreso if the speechs have racist elements and those who touch on personal or sensitive issues should be avoided , "he said. (DE)