‘De­spite chal­lenges, Umno still strong’

New Straits Times - - News -

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

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