ʼUMNO FOR ALLʼ

DATUK Seri Na­jib Razak, ad­dress­ing 140,000 en­thu­si­as­tic Umno mem­bers and BN al­lies in a his­toric gath­er­ing, says the par­tyʼs strug­gle for all races since in­de­pen­dence is the rea­son for its dura­bil­ity. The prime min­is­ter and Umno pres­i­dent also takes a swi

New Straits Times - - Front Page - Page 1 pic: Prime Min­is­ter and Umno pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak at the Bukit Jalil Na­tional Sta­dium for the Umno 71st an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion yes­ter­day. With him are his wife, Datin Seri Ros­mah Man­sor, and other Umno lead­ers.

UMNO’S strength lies in four main thrusts, in­clud­ing stay­ing true to its strug­gle for the peo­ple.

Its pres­i­dent, Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak, said the thrusts — the others be­ing the party’s strug­gle for all races and re­li­gion, the clear vi­sion it had set and re­alised, and its abil­ity to re­main rel­e­vant — had also been the ba­sis for its sur­vival since 1946.

Umno, he said, also re­mained the strong­est party in the demo­cratic world, thanks to its mem­bers’ loy­alty and their readi­ness to make sac­ri­fices.

He was speak­ing be­fore a huge crowd of 140,000 mem­bers, who turned the Bukit Jalil Na­tional Sta­dium into a sea of red to cel­e­brate the party’s 71st an­niver­sary. They rep­re­sented 191 di­vi­sions from across the length and breadth of the coun­try.

It was a tremen­dous show of strength and unity, and of their un­di­vided sup­port for Na­jib and the party as the 14th Gen­eral Elec­tion nears.

Na­jib said Umno’s se­cret to sur­vival had al­ways been its peo­ple-cen­tric ap­proach.

The party, he said, un­like some, never took the ex­trem­ist ap­proach or thrived on play­ing the race card for po­lit­i­cal mileage.

In­stead, Na­jib said, Umno had al­ways built it­self on the spirit of con­sen­sus and power shar­ing among its friends in the coali­tion to en­sure sta­bil­ity of the rul­ing party.

The prime min­is­ter told his charges that by putting peo­ple first, Umno, which is the back­bone of Barisan Na­sional, would con­tinue to gain their con­fi­dence in each gen­eral elec­tion.

He told them that the party was able to cel­e­brate a joy­ous 71th an­niver­sary sim­ply be­cause of what it stood for — cham­pi­oning Is­lam, the Malays and Bu­mi­put­era, and Malaysia as a whole — and that the strength was solidly built on these thrusts.

“This is our strength, the re­mark­able strength of Umno.”

“Who says Umno isn’t strong... just look at this assem­bly. And this is only a part of it... There are so many more in the ru­ral ar­eas, the suburbs and hous­ing com­mu­ni­ties. We have more than three mil­lion mem­bers.

“The torch and the fight­ing spirit of the Malays, the Bu­mi­put­eras and this sa­cred party will con­tinue to burn brightly and we will de­fend this to the last drop of our blood.”

Na­jib then asked party mem­bers, young and old, if they were ready for the gen­eral elec­tion “if Par­lia­ment was dis­solved to­mor­row”.

He was an­swered with a re­sound­ing “yes”.

The prime min­is­ter said the party and BN coali­tion would re­main as the driver of the na­tion for years to come.

He said the spirit demon­strated at the mam­moth gath­er­ing here to cel­e­brate Umno’s 71st an­niver­sary showed that he was not alone in his fight for Umno.

“Prin­ci­ples based on loy­alty have made Umno a solid and stronger party. We are not afraid de­spite what the op­po­si­tion throws at us be­cause we will face it with all our might,” he said.

He said Umno’s rel­e­vance to the coun­try also hinged on the fact that it had al­ways put the peo­ple first and was con­sis­tent.

Na­jib hit out at for­mer Umno lead­ers who be­trayed the party, “to col­lude with “chau­vin­ist DAP”, which is known to be against the Malays and Is­lam”.

He pointed out that even the Is­lamic party, Pas, had sev­ered ties with DAP over the lat­ter's an­tag­o­nis­tic ap­proach to­wards Is­lam.

“Pas con­sid­ers DAP the en­emy of Is­lam. As for Umno, DAP is the en­emy of Malays... (Pas pres­i­dent) Datuk Seri Ab­dul Hadi Awang has said Umno and Pas prac­tised ma­tu­rity in pol­i­tics.

“We can have dif­fer­ing views in pol­i­tics, but when it comes to the p e ople’s in­ter­ests, ever yone should rally to­gether.

“Umno’s strug­gles are al­ways rel­e­vant and suit all eras... whether it was the fight against the Malayan Union, dur­ing the post-in­de­pen­dence pe­riod, the New Eco­nomic Pol­icy, and now, as we head to­wards the Na­tional Trans­for­ma­tion 50 (TN50) agenda and as­pire to be a top 20 na­tion in the world,” he said, adding that the party al­ways had a clear vi­sion and acted on it.

“A vi­sion with­out ac­tion is point­less and ac­tion with­out a vi­sion will re­sult in a mess,” Na­jib said, vow­ing that Umno would con­tinue its strug­gle.

He then led an emo­tional prayer, seek­ing divine guid­ance and bless­ings, for the party to pur­sue its strug­gles, fol­lowed by a heart­felt poem as a take­away from the gath­er­ing:

My brethren, the cus­to­di­ans and war­riors of Umno,

Let us rise and wave with pride the Sang Saka Bangsa,

Never ever let Umno’s pen­nant fall to the coun­try’s en­e­mies and traitors,

Come what may, we will fight them...

No re­treat, no sur­ren­der, No re­treat, no sur­ren­der.

In his speech, Na­jib ex­pressed con­fi­dence that the party of 3.63 mil­lion mem­bers stood firmly be­hind him.

“I am not alone! Look here... the top Umno lead­ers are with me,” Na­jib said to rap­tur­ous ap­plause that filled the sta­dium.

He also hon­oured all 13 Barisan Na­sional com­po­nent par­ties and non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tion Friends of BN by call­ing up their re­spec­tive pres­i­dents to stand up in the mid­dle of the crowd.

Ear­lier, Na­jib and his wife, Datin Seri Ros­mah Man­sor, ar­rived at the sta­dium to thun­der­ous ap­plause from more than 140,000 Umno mem­bers, who con­verged to cel­e­brate the party’s 71st an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion.

The cel­e­bra­tory mood was fur­ther height­ened when the song Sem­boyan telah berbunyi be­gan play­ing, with those gath­ered cheer­ing and wav­ing the Sang Saka Bangsa flag.

Also ac­com­pa­ny­ing Na­jib and Ros­mah were Umno vice-pres­i­dents Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi and Datuk Seri Hisham­mud­din Hus­sein.

For­mer prime min­is­ter and Umno pres­i­dent Tun Ab­dul­lah Ah­mad Badawi was also present.

Just af­ter Na­jib went on the stage, Umno Youth chief Khairy Ja­malud­din, who led the Umno Run into the sta­dium, handed over the Umno flag to the party pres­i­dent. The au­di­ence then stood to sing Ne­garaku, fol­lowed by Umno’s an­them — Ber­satu Ber­se­tia Berkhid­mat — as Na­jib raised the Sang Saka Bangsa.

The Umno Flag Run was held in 12 states con­cur­rently since May 1 and at­tracted thou­sands of Umno, lead­ers and sup­port­ers amidst many ac­tiv­i­ties held at its state events.

PIC BY AIZUDDIN SAAD

Prime Min­is­ter and Umno pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak rais­ing the hands of Tokoh Anugerah Me­layu Ter­bilang 2017 award win­ners at the Bukit Jalil Na­tional Sta­dium yes­ter­day.

With him are his wife, Datin Seri Ros­mah Man­sor, and other Umno lead­ers.

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