Speak up, Umno members told

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JOHOR BARU - Umno must not remain silent if corruption becomes a culture within the party, or if the people's trust are betrayed, said Johor Umno chief Datuk Mohamed Khaled Nordin.

The Johor Mentri Besar said members must also speak up if the party failed to uphold its struggle and if it was being used to defend certain groups in the name of party loyalty.

"Umno's struggle is about the people, never about the interest of certain individuals.

"The party cannot just look from the sideline when the people are struggling with poverty and when the divide between the rich and poor continues to deepen," he said in his Facebook posting yesterday.

He said grassroots members must also keep reminding leaders of their duties and responsibilities, about trustworthiness and about the principles and values upheld by the party since its inception.

"Umno members must never fear telling the truth and leaders must be willing the listen to the voices of the people. This is no longer the time where leaders are treated like demi gods. Umno has never embraced the culture of Feudalism.

"Umno does not belong to any one leader. It belongs to us, the people and posts in the party is not inherited from past leaders," he added.

He also reminded Umno members that the party was currently faced with a crisis of credibility.

"This is no longer about perception. It has now become a crisis of credibility and cracks to party's unity is getting more clear," he said.

His son Akmal Saufi, also in his Facebook posting, has posed 15 questions to Umno president and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, centred around his political funding.