Speech shows that Na­jib is con­sis­tent in what he wants from party mem­bers, says Hisham

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THE four fac­tors that made Umno the most suc­cess­ful po­lit­i­cal party in the world, laid out by Umno pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak dur­ing the party’s 71st an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion, here last night, also served as a guide­line for mem­bers to en­sure the party stays rel­e­vant.

Umno vice-pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Hisham­mud­din Hus­sein said he was con­fi­dent that the fac­tors would con­tinue to be trans­lated into ac­tion.

“I had em­braced the four fac­tors from the start in our re­treats (for the gen­eral elec­tion). From what the pres­i­dent said in his speech, it shows that Na­jib is con­sis­tent in what he wants from party mem­bers.

“It is a guide­line from the pres­i­dent, and I am con­fi­dent that it would be trans­lated into a work­flow that is slightly dif­fer­ent from the past, but suit­able for the cur­rent po­lit­i­cal land­scape,” he said af­ter at­tend­ing the Umno 71st an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion at Bukit Jalil Na­tional Sta­dium here.

Last night, Na­jib said Umno had been the most suc­cess­ful party in the world be­cause of four fac­tors: it had never de­vi­ated from the party’s strug­gle; pri­ori­tised the peo­ple’s in­ter­ests; re­mained rel­e­vant ac­cord­ing to time; and, due to its vi­sions that were trans­lated into ac­tions.

Hisham­mud­din, who is also de­fence min­is­ter, said the turnout last night showed solid sup­port from the grass­roots.

He said it was now the time to trans­late that spirit into ac­tion and garner sup­port from the peo­ple, as the rakyat were the ones who would de­ter­mine whether Umno won the next elec­tion.

Wanita Umno chief Tan Sri Shahrizat Ab­dul Jalil said the rea­son why Umno had stood vic­to­ri­ous for 71 years was be­cause it had al­ways put the rakyat as its pri­or­ity.

She said the mes­sage de­liv­ered by Na­jib in his ad­dress proved that the peo­ple are Umno’s pri­or­ity.

“He (Na­jib) em­pha­sised that one of the rea­sons why we (Umno) are around is be­cause our pri­or­ity has al­ways been the rakyat. You can hear in his speech that it’s all about the rakyat, rakyat and rakyat, and that’s the rea­son why we’ve been around for 71 years, and we should not for­get that,” she said.

Shahrizat said Na­jib’s speech was a re­minder for Umno lead­ers and mem­bers to work hard in serv­ing the peo­ple.

Pu­teri Umno chief Datuk Mas Er­miey­ati Sam­sudin said as the prime min­is­ter and party pres­i­dent, Na­jib had sent a direct mes­sage to party lead­ers and mem­bers on fac­ing the next gen­eral elec­tion.

“It was an en­er­gis­ing speech and the prayer that he (Na­jib) re­cited touched my heart.

“The pres­i­dent’s mes­sage for us to work harder to en­sure BN’s vic­tory ahead of the 14th Gen­eral Elec­tion must be ac­cepted with full re­spon­si­bil­ity.

“Pu­teri Umno, too, will ac­cept the chal­lenge by con­tin­u­ing to stay loyal to the party to en­sure BN’s vic­tory.”


A bird’s-eye view of Bukit Jalil Na­tional Sta­dium dur­ing the Umno 71st an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion yes­ter­day.

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