Umno contradictions

By The Nut Graph team (The Nut Graph)

"Umno must never practise discrimination to the extent that non-Malays view it as a racist party. The rights of every citizen must always be protected, guaranteed and respected, as provided by the constitution and encapsulated in the Rukun Negara."

Outgoing Umno president Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi when delivering his final policy address at the 59th Umno general assembly on 26 March 2009 at the Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur. (Source: Avoid extremism, Abdullah says, The Nut Graph, 26 March 2009)

"Malay rights have been questioned. We don't want our own children to beg in the land that rightfully belongs to them. The special rights of the Malays have been enshrined in the constitution."
Umno Puteri representative Mazlina Lazim. According to Mazlina, "ketuanan Melayu" did not mean "Malay supremacy" but "Malay sovereignty". (Source: Umno delegates train guns on Anwar, Malaysiakini, 27 March 2009)

"Other races now dare to act rudely towards the Malays because of people like Anwar Ibrahim, who lies and says that we are just like other races. We have special rights in this country but even then, we are still backward compared to other races."
Selangor Umno delegate Datuk Ismail Kijo. (Source: Umno delegates train guns on Anwar, Malaysiakini, 27 March 2009)

"Umno is a party for all the Malays. As such, it must be an inclusive party so that we can draw strength from its diverse membership."
Muhyiddin Yassin, in his address at the close of the Umno general assembly. He said Umno needed to move with the times to remain relevant, and urged delegates to ensure that Umno would remain a party for all Malay Malaysians, and not become a party of elites. (Source: Muhyiddin pledges to be a good and loyal deputy, The Star, 28 March 2009)

"If Umno doesn't help Umno members, who else would do that[?]"
Mazlina Lazim again. She said that the party, being in control of the government, should ensure Umno loyalists are given positions in government linked companies. (Source: Delegates push Umno to go far right, not wide, The Malaysian Insider, 27 March 2009)

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