BASKETBALL: Bersatu Youth team would not cooperate with Umno, member Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman said yesterday.

He warned that Umno youth had made moves to destabilise the party, as it has a history of doing by creating fissures in the ranks and attempting to divide its ranks into five divisions.

“We are looking closely at what has happened to the Umno Youth group after giving them the opportunity to join the leadership.

“BN is heading towards a great disaster if Umno Youth continued their activities outside the party,” he told reporters after training at Malah Invitational Basketball Association.

Umno Youth Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin had informed party members at the Bahasa Malaysia Schools Examination at Shangri-La Hotel on Friday about the move to create division in the ranks.

Khairy is now the Youth chairman while Hasan Ali is the youth vice-chief.

Later on Saturday, Seremban Umno Youth chief Mohd Zaharuddin Jaafar said the move had been conceived by former Youth and Sports Minister Rafidah Aziz to control the youth affairs.

“It was not the attempt of Malaysians who voted for Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad and now Umno Youth.”

Meanwhile, Syed Saddiq said the Youth Team had also been worried about the modus operandi of Umno Youth which was contradictory to the newly drawn policy of President Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

“It seems Umno Youth has been working against the interest of the party,” he said.

He said Umno Youth always maintained the fight for justice for the Malays and other marginalised groups but its president was better in manipulating the latter by creating the impression that its members were against the party’s policies.

He also said the policy, which requires Umno Youth to support the BN government and the role of the government had been violated.

“Umno Youth has also failed to support the policies and the implementation of good projects being carried out by the government,” he said.

– Bernama