JOHOR BAHRU: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today said Umno is not a political party merely for village people or rural folks as it could also flourish in urban areas.
The Umno president said the party’s success in Johor Bahru, for example, proved that the largest Malay political party continued to receive the people’s support even though the city had undergone a rapid urbanisation process.
“I’m very impressed with the success of Johor Bahru Umno because in the political history of our country, if there is an urbanisation phenomenon, demographic change and rapid development in any city, sooner or later, the (administration of the) city will be transferred from UMNO or Barisan Nasional (BN) to the opposition.
“There is no state capital that has remained as Umno/BN constituency, but congratulations to Johor Bahru Umno for being able to balance the urbanisation process and retain Umno/BN’s power.
“Based on this fact, if anyone should say that Umno is a village people or rural folks political party, then Johor Bahru Umno has proved them wrong. The support for Umno does not necessarily come from rural areas only because the party can indeed flourish in urban areas.”
Najib said this when opening the Johor Bahru Umno Division Delegates Conference here today.
Also present were Johor Umno Liaison Committee chairman Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin and Johor Bahru Umno chief Tan Sri Shahrir Abdul Samad. – Bernama