Below is Umno pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak’s speech dur­ing the party’s 71st an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion on Thurs­day

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DATUK Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi, Datuk Seri Hisham­mud­din Hus­sein, the whole Umno, Wanita and Pe­muda lead­er­ship line-up, Ku Nan (Datuk Seri Tengku Ad­nan Tengku Man­sor), Tan Sri Shahrizat Jalil, Khairy Ja­malud­din, Datuk Mas Er­miey­ati Sam­sudin, Umno’s sixth pres­i­dent Tun Ab­dul­lah Ah­mad Badawi, Pak Lah, other Barisan Nasional com­po­nent party lead­ers, who I wel­come and care for.

The sea of sup­port­ers, the diehard fight­ers from Umno here tonight.

I be­gin with As­sala­mualaikum

wbt and Salam 1Malaysia.

Praise be to Al­lah (Al­ham­dulil­lah), as I stand up here af­ter hav­ing gone round the sta­dium just now, I have never seen such a gather­ing as this gather­ing tonight.

I am very ex­cited by this huge Umno gather­ing and of Malays in a sea of glow­ing, burn­ing red.

Tonight is proof, clear ev­i­dence that this gather­ing is the sym­bol of Umno’s strength and loy­alty, sym­bol of the sac­ri­fice and flame of strug­gle of the Malays and Bu­mi­put­era of this beloved land. Ladies and gentle­men. What­ever may be the case, let us give thanks to Almighty Al­lah (SWT) by whose grace, per­mis­sion and benef­i­cence, we are able to gather to­gether at this most mean­ing­ful event of Umno’s con­ti­nu­ity and the Malay na­tion at this 71st cel­e­bra­tion of Umno.

I have been made to un­der­stand that you, ladies and gentle­men, have been here since early af­ter­noon.

I have also seen, through mes­sages on so­cial me­dia, that most of the R&R ar­eas along the high­ways have been cap­tured by a wave of Umno red.

Ladies and gentle­men, you have come from all over the coun­try, some in cars, oth­ers by bus, and still oth­ers on mo­tor­bikes and by LRT — all con­ven­ing to demon­strate that Umno is the strong­est po­lit­i­cal party in Malaysia.

I would like to ask, are we truly ready or not for the gen­eral elec­tion? Are we truly pre­pared? Can Par­lia­ment be dis­solved to­mor­row? This is our spirit, Umno’s ex­tra­or­di­nary spirit. Who says Umno is not strong?

If they say Umno is not strong, just look at this gather­ing. Look. This is but just a por­tion of many. From where? From the kam­pung, the sub­urbs, the res­i­den­tial ar­eas, three mil­lion more. More than three mil­lion.

Ladies and gentle­men.

Let the stars fall from the galaxy, even if the sky were to col­lapse on the Earth, the torch and fire of the Umno Bu­mi­put­era strug­gle, the sa­cred party of this land, will con­tinue to move for­ward, al­ways ablaze.

We will de­fend it to the last drop of our blood.

Ladies and gentle­men.

Tonight, I re­ally feel en­cour­aged, more con­fi­dent. Why?

Be­cause I am not alone. I am not lonely. Why?

Be­cause around me, the Umno lead­er­ship line-up stands solid in a row, prin­ci­pled and loyal, sworn to sup­port the party’s lead­er­ship and the re­li­gion.

Be­cause of this solid lead­er­ship line-up, we are not afraid, we are not sad, what­ever the fu­ture chal­lenges may be, which the op­po­si­tion may throw at us. We will face them with all our strength. Ladies and gentle­men.

It is best that we look back 71 years ago, when Umno was formed on the sweat, tears and oaths of loy­alty to unite the Malays.

Al­though 71 years have passed, look­ing at tonight’s joy­ous spirit aflame, I feel as if we have just set up Umno tonight.

I ask you to cheer as loudly as pos­si­ble: HIDUP ME­LAYU, HIDUP UMNO, HIDUP UMNO!

Ladies and gentle­men.

There is some­thing else I would like to men­tion. Umno is not a com­mu­nal party, it is not racist and nei­ther is it ex­trem­ist. We are not ar­ro­gant, we are will­ing to com­pro­mise and co­op­er­ate, we are will­ing to share power with our friends in BN.

This is why tonight, we have in­vited mem­bers of BN to join us. I wish to say here — please sit, do not stand up yet.

I wish to start with the MCA lead­er­ship, xie xie.

I now want to see the MIC lead­er­ship, romba nan­dri.

I go on with in­tro­duc­ing the Ger­akan lead­er­ship...

Fol­lowed by the MyPPP. We pro­ceed across the South China Sea to PBB, PRS, SPDP, SUPP. After­wards, we move to Sabah — PBS, PBRS, UPKO, LDP — and lastly, Friends of BN. Thank you to our BN friends. We move now surely to those who have flooded this sta­dium with the pres­ence of the Umno lead­er­ship from all lev­els. I would es­pe­cially like to see the lead­er­ship of Wanita Umno, the back­bone of this party.

I would like to see the mem­bers of Pe­muda Umno, the heirs…

I would like also to see the mem­bers of Pu­teri Umno. The colour pink.

We never for­get the veter­ans of Umno, who have car­ried on the strug­gle all this while. Where are the Umno veter­ans?

I am as proud of the pres­ence of the rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the 191 Umno di­vi­sions from all over the coun­try. Can I hear the voices of the rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Fed­eral Ter­ri­tory, rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Perak, the voice of those from Penang, the cheers from Kedah’s rep­re­sen­ta­tives, from Pa­hang, Tereng­ganu, rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Ke­lan­tan...

Now I want to hear the spirit of the Se­lan­gor rep­re­sen­ta­tives, from Ne­gri Sem­bi­lan, Me­laka, Jo­hor, Perlis, Sabah and the non­govern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Let’s now hear the voice of the youth, the TN50 gen­er­a­tion, where are they? Don’t let us not ex­press our feel­ings, the pop­u­lar song cur­rently.

Ladies and gentle­men.

These are the mem­bers of Umno and BN, who are gath­ered here tonight, to come to­gether to cel­e­brate our 71st year. I ask my­self, how are we able to still hold power un­til to­day?

What are the fac­tors that have made Umno and BN the world’s most suc­cess­ful in an open democ­racy?

I can sum­marise it into four rea­sons on why we are here tonight, and cel­e­brat­ing the 71st year of Umno’s birth with ex­tra­or­di­nary strength.

FIRST, we have never de­serted the ba­sic strug­gle of the party. The ba­sis on which the party’s strug­gle piv­ots are Is­lam, Malay Bu­mi­put­era and the Malaysian na­tion, in gen­eral.

Not only have we never ne­glected them, we con­tinue to em­power them; Is­lam is em­pow­ered in this coun­try be­cause it is Umno’s strug­gle, the Malays are con­tin­u­ally in­creas­ing in dig­nity

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