‘Despite challenges, Umno still strong’
SEREMBAN: Despite its flaws and weaknesses, Malaysians must remember that Umno was one of the parties that helped secure the country’s independence in 1957.
Wanita permanent chairman Tan Sri Napsiah Omar said although Malaysians had differing political ideologies and affiliations, they could not deny Umno’s past contributions to the nation.
“Umno has undergone numerous trials and tribulations.
“Despite past challenges, Umno still stands strong, resilient and able to stand the test of time, unlike some political parties in Japan, Mexico and India, that are as old but are now defunct,” she told the New Straits Times yesterday.
Napsiah said Umno’s survival was due to the wisdom of its founders, who had the vision to unite and fight for the rights of the Malays, Indians and the Chinese against the British.
“As a result, Umno has survived until today. This is something that Malaysians and all new political parties must realise and must give credit for.
“What some political parties like Pas, PKR and DAP enjoy at the moment are thanks to our fathers of independence. So, please don’t be arrogant.”
Napsiah said Pas, for example, could not afford to be “aloof and self-centred” as it was once part of Umno.
“These are turbulent times and everyone has to rally under the Umno logo. The logo itself is lifeless if party members do not inject life into it.”
Napsiah said the party was still relevant, and that it was important for party members to reexamine themselves, besides finding ways to make the party more attractive to the youths.
She said party members must attract the younger generation to join Umno by organising funfilled activities like cycling, bowling and other sports.
“The party must take action, follow the current trends and evolve according to the people’s needs,” said Napsiah, who has been an Umno member for 56 years and Kuala Pilah member of parliament between 1994 and 2004.
Tan Sri Napsiah Omar