Do not allow any form of modern colonisation to occur in our country, because as Malaysians, we are the ones to determine the direction and protect the sovereignty of the country, said Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak.
The UMNO president said if the country were to be colonised in the modern form, all the dignity, integrity and sovereignty of the nation would be lost and would never be regained.
“The history of (Melaka’s) Bendahara Tun Perak, who was loyal to four rulers, was famous and Melaka was known as the Venice of the east, but because he believed in the agitation, he had provided information to the Portuguese todestroy Melaka. This is the lesson from our history.
“Protect the sovereignty because it is our national sovereignty, that is our right, our national leadership will decide and not other people,” he said when officiating the Tangga Batu UMNO divisional delegates meeting in Bandar Hilir, here today.
Also present were Melaka Chief Minister Idris Haron, who is also Tangga Batu UMNO division head, UMNO executive secretary Ab Rauf Yusoh, who is also Masjid Tanah UMNO division head, Senator Mohd Ali Rustam, who is also Bukit Katil UMNO division head, and about 500 members of the Tangga Batu UMNO division.
Najib said those who did not learn from history would be destined to repeat the same mistake, thus he pointed out that loyalty was key to the struggles to protect the nation and champion the cause of the people.
“In politics, I have great respect for the late Abdul Ghafar Baba who was very loyal to the UMNO struggle, for him, position was not important but what was important was the party’s struggle because if the party was safe, everyone would be safe.
“One day, I will hand over (UMNO) to my successor, at that time, if you want to come to me or otherwise, it is immaterial. But I will not betray UMNO. We want to hand over a strong party,” he said.
He said that as a responsible leader, all decisions for UMNO and more importantly, for the nation, would be made collectively or by consensus or ‘syura’.
Najib said that as a leader chosen via a very democratic system in UMNO, he did not practice ‘one man show’ or even worse, dictatorship which would not benefit the party or people.