BN lead­ers agree with Na­jib on Umno’s lead­ing po­si­tion

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KUALA LUMPUR: Barisan Na­sional party lead­ers praised Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak yes­ter­day, say­ing his speech and the mam­moth gath­er­ing at the Umno 71st an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion last night is proof that the coali­tion is the right one to con­tinue to lead the na­tion.

MCA pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said Umno would con­tinue to be strong and the back­bone of the coun­try.

He said the party had not only fought for Malays all these years, but all races.

Liow’s MIC coun­ter­part, Datuk Seri Dr S. Subra­ma­niam, said Na­jib’s speech had re­minded the younger gen­er­a­tion of Umno’s jour­ney over the years.

“Through this, they will be able to un­der­stand the chal­lenges Umno had to face.

“The prime min­is­ter also used tonight’s event to show that aside from fight­ing for the rights of Malays, Umno, through the con­cept of power shar­ing among the races, had also fought for the rights of other races, which has been the ba­sis of the coun­try’s sta­bil­ity and har­mony.”

Dr Subra­ma­niam’s deputy, Datuk Seri S.K. De­va­many, said the gath­er­ing was proof of Umno’s po­si­tion as the back­bone of BN.

He said the pres­ence of the coali­tion’s com­po­nent par­ties was tes­ta­ment to BN’s strong unity.

“This is a far cry from the op­po­si­tion, which can’t seem to agree on any­thing,” he said.

Parti Ber­satu Rakyat Sabah pres­i­dent Tan Sri Joseph Ku­rup de­scribed Na­jib’s speech as “in­spir­ing”.

“I am grate­ful he in­cluded other mem­bers of BN in it. Truly, as a BN com­po­nent party, af­ter hear­ing such a speech, we are more mo­ti­vated to fight for the coali­tion’s cause.”

Ger­akan vice-pres­i­dent Datuk Dr Do­minic Lau said Na­jib’s speech also re­flected the readi­ness of BN to face the gen­eral elec­tion at any time.

“Ger­akan is ready to an­swer the prime min­is­ter’s clar­ion call and we have iden­ti­fied our elec­tion can­di­dates.

“In fact, their de­tails have been sub­mit­ted to the Malaysian An­ti­Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion for vet­ting,” he said.

Ger­akan Youth chief Tan Keng Liang said he agreed with Na­jib that the op­po­si­tion was di­vided and did not have a com­mon agenda, while BN was a “united fam­ily” with “clear vi­sion and mission”.

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