‘PUT PARTY BE­FORE

Na­jib urges Umno mem­bers to close ranks to fight mis­in­for­ma­tion

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HIDIR REDUAN

PEKAN hidirre­d­uan@nst.com.my

UMNO pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak warned party mem­bers against the machi­na­tions of en­e­mies, in gal­vanis­ing prepa­ra­tions for the 14th Gen­eral Elec­tion.

Na­jib, who is also prime min­is­ter, re­minded Umno mem­bers to close ranks and abide by party de­ci­sions in­stead of cre­at­ing dis­sen­sion for per­sonal gain.

“If we dis­pute party de­ci­sions when they do not align with our per­sonal aims, we be­come the gunt­ing dalam li­patan and duri dalam dag­ing (Malay id­ioms re­fer­ring to en­e­mies from within) dur­ing GE14,” he said.

Na­jib, who is also Pekan mem­ber of par­lia­ment and Pekan Umno di­vi­sion chief, said this at the open­ing of the Pekan Umno branches and wings’ an­nual as­sem­bly here yes­ter­day.

He said party mem­bers must pri­ori­tise Umno’s ob­jec­tives and strug­gles over per­sonal in­ter­ests and avoid fac­tion­al­ism.

“If we are loyal to the party based on the prin­ci­ples of wala’ (loy­alty), our party will be strong,” Na­jib said, adding that he hoped for all di­vi­sions in the party, in­clud­ing Pekan, to en­dure, re­main united and en­joy the pos­si­bil­ity of part­ner­ship in sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy de­fence re­search.

Khalid, who is in Malaysia on a four-day of­fi­cial visit, had ear­lier at­tended a bi­lat­eral meet­ing with Hisham­mud­din.

Hisham­mud­din said dur­ing the meet­ing, Qatar showed in­ter­est in how the min­istry stayed on course with its plans, de­spite fac­ing lim­i­ta­tions.

“They (Qatar) were in­ter­ested to know how we con­tinue with our de­fence plans de­spite the eco­nomic un­cer­tainty.”

He said Malaysia and Qatar would el­e­vate their diplo­matic ties by estab­lish­ing a high-level com­mit­tee to fo­cus on the struc­tural the peo­ple’s sup­port.

He said sol­i­dar­ity was par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant to bat­tle the pro­lif­er­a­tion of mis­in­for­ma­tion, con­fu­sion and in­cite­ment against the gov­ern­ment, which could lead to ir­re­versible shifts.

“This hap­pens not only in our coun­try, but in ad­vanced na­tions like the United King­dom, which (is ex­it­ing) the Euro­pean Union. This (de­ci­sion) was made based on a cam­paign (driven frame­work of both coun­tries’ de­fence in­sti­tu­tion.

“There are only a few coun­tries with which we have el­e­vated our re­la­tion­ship and signed the HLC.

“Now, our re­la­tion­ship has reached such a level that we can ink the HLC in Qatar, hope­fully.”

Hisham­mud­din hoped that the con­tents of the HLC could be an­nounced after Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim Ha­mad Al Thani’s visit to Malaysia.

Hisham­mud­din also said that Malaysia was praised for its ini­tia­tive with Saudi Ara­bia in estab­lish­ing the King Sal­man Cen­tre for In­ter­na­tional Peace, and hoped Qatar would soon join the es­tab­lish­ment. by) mis­in­for­ma­tion.

“This led to a his­tor­i­cal change for the UK that can­not be (re­versed),” said Na­jib.

Na­jib said in the run-up to the 13th Gen­eral Elec­tion, the op­po­si­tion claimed that the Ly­nas rare earth re­fin­ery in Gebeng, Kuan­tan, would leak ra­di­a­tion.

“Ly­nas has been op­er­at­ing for the past five years but the op­po­si­tion has fallen silent (over the Ly­nas is­sue) be­cause GE13 is

PIC BY MUHD ASYRAF SAWAL

Umno pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak hand­ing over an al­lo­ca­tion to Kam­pung Te­mai Ten­gah Umno branch chief Ah­mad Ali, 90, in Pekan yes­ter­day.

PIC BY YAZIT RAZALI

Datuk Seri Hisham­mud­din Hus­sein and Dr Khalid Mo­hamed Al-Atiyyah after sign­ing a let­ter of in­tent in Kuala Lumpur yes­ter­day.

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