Umno remains strong until today because it always maintains the cause of the party’s struggles based on Islam, the Malay race and the bumiputeras for the whole population in the country, said Najib Razak.
The Prime Minister, who is also the Umno president, pointed out that since its inception, the party which is now 71 years old was always relevant to the cause of the struggle which suited the situation besides having the vision and action to bring progress to the race and country.
“We struggle not for Umno members only, but for the whole population regardless of race, religion and their background.
“We struggled for development for whom? for the people of Malaysia, we look after security for whom? for the people of Malaysia, we upheld solidarity for whom? for the people of Malaysia,” he said in his speech before approximately 150,000 Umno members at the mammoth assembly in conjunction with the party’s 71st anniversary celebration at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium, in Kuala Lumpur, last night.
The Prime Minister also pointed out that Umno was not a racial party and not an extremist party, in fact it was willing to cooperate and share power with its partners within the Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties which represented all the people in the country.
Najib said Umno, which gave priority to the people, continued to gain public confidence at every general election including the Sarawak State Election, the by-election for the state constituency of Sungai Besar, Kuala Kangsar Parliamentary By-Election and the by-election for the State Constituency of Tanjung Datu recently.
He was confident that the party, together with its coalition partners in the BN would again be given the mandate to administer the country in the coming 14th General Election.
“We are always relevant because the policies of the struggles that we adopt and implement are appropriate to the era and period whether during the time we fought the Malayan Union or the post independence era, developing the rural areas, the era of industrialisation and for the next 30 years as we move toward the National Transformation (TN50) era,” he said.
Najib said the vision and action of Umno was also in line with those of its partners within the BN coalition unlike those in the opposition which were frequently disputing each other.
“A vision without any action will be futile, action without vision will be chaotic. We are unlike the opposition which are always disputing each other. We in the Barisan Nasional, we are one family and support a common policy,” he added. – Bernama