In doing so, Negri Sembilan representative Datuk Jalaluddin Alias asked the party to review the seat allocation agreement among the Barisan Nasional (BN) parties in Peninsula Malaysia.
The Jelebu Umno vice-chief said the coalition must field candidates based on their ability to win and not according to the coalition’s quota.
“We must review the quota system. Yes, we have an agreement with the component parties, but the results of the 12th general election were not because of Umno but because of weaknesses of BN component parties,” Jalaluddin told the assembly when debating the president’s policy speech today.
“If in constituency A, the winnable candidate is a Malay from Umno, we should field the Umno candidate,” he added.
Umno, the largest BN component party, is now represented by 78 members in the 222-member Dewan Rakyat, while MCA has 15, MIC four and Gerakan two.
The three non-Malay parties lost heavily in urban areas in Election 2008 while Gerakan lost the state of Penang and was almost wiped out.
Jalaluddin also warned non-Malay BN parties to stop questioning the rights of delegates at the Umno assembly to talk about Malay interests.
“The president said don’t be racist, we obeyed. But MCA president said do not discuss social contract openly,” he said referring Datuk Dr Chua Soi Lek’s remarks yesterday suggesting that sensitive issues should only be debated behind closed doors.
“This is an assembly of Malays to discuss Malay issues. What’s wrong with me talking to my wife to talk about household affairs?” said Jalaluddin.
“I am not upset, but please don’t question on our rights like how we never questioned the rights of other races,” he added.
When opening the Umno general assembly yesterday, Datuk Seri Najib Razak had called for an end to the race debates, saying that the special position of the Malays was part of the social contract agreed before independence in exchange for citizenship for the non-Malays.
He stressed that the issues were enshrined in the Federal Constitution and cannot be amended without the consent of the Conference of Rulers.
At the same time, Najib also called on the Malays to be prepared for a new era of race relations and to compete in a more meritocratic environment.
Also at the assembly, Penang delegate Mohamad Farid Saad urged the government to intervene over the problem of low land ownership among the Malays in the state.
Mohammad Farid claimed the community only owned about 20 per cent of the land in Penang at present.
“Now the DAP government is getting out of hand. They are opening up land that was not meant for development,” he said alleging that the DAP-controlled government was trying to take over a piece of land meant for rice cultivation in Sungai Burung, Seberang Perai.
“One day there will be no more paddy field and green areas in Penang. One day, the Malays may be chased out,” Mohammad Farid told the assembly.
Puteri Umno delegate Fahariyah Noordin claimed that the Malay youths were being led to question provisions favouring the community in the constitution.
She proposed national history lessons be made a compulsory subject in schools to address the problem.
“They are being instigated that the provision is not consistent with universal principles of justice,” said the Ledang Puteri Umno chief.
“Puteri Umno would like to propose for history to be made a compulsory and ‘must pass’ subject for students,” said Fahariyah.