'CON­SIS­TENCY IN CHAM­PI­ONING PEO­PLE'S RIGHTS KEY TO UMNO'S SUC­CESS'

Un­like the op­po­si­tion, BN al­ways reaches out to grass­roots, helps needy, says Na­jib

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UMNO’s con­sis­tency in cham­pi­oning the rights of the peo­ple has con­trib­uted to the party’s suc­cess in pre­vi­ous gen­eral elec­tions, said Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak.

Na­jib, who is also Umno pres­i­dent, said un­like the op­po­si­tion, Umno and Barisan Na­sional had al­ways reached out to the grass­roots and helped the needy.

“We go from door to door to give aid to those in need.

“God will­ing, they will re­alise that the op­po­si­tion is only known for hurl­ing ac­cu­sa­tions and they can­not do any work.

“Un­like Umno and BN, they lack an agenda (to serve the peo­ple), and that is why Al­lah has given vic­tory to us in ev­ery gen­eral elec­tion,” he said at the launch of the Umno Bantu Rakyat pro­gramme at SK Ta­man Kosas in Am­pang near here yes­ter­day.

Na­jib said Umno had been help­ing the peo­ple in two ways — by be­ing the back­bone of the gov­ern­ment and making the party as a chan­nel to de­liver as­sis­tance.

“In re­al­ity, all de­ci­sions and ac­tions are car­ried out by Umno and BN par­ties. We also help peo­ple through di­vi­sions and bu­reaus that carry out peo­ple-cen­tric pro­grammes or­gan­ised by Umno Youth, Wanita and Pu­teri.”

Na­jib also out­lined pre­vi­ous ef­forts by the gov­ern­ment to up­lift the peo­ple’s stan­dard of liv­ing, in­clud­ing ed­u­ca­tion, hous­ing and health­care.

“It is hard to put a num­ber on our big­gest con­tri­bu­tion be­cause we have given sig­nif­i­cant as­sis­tance and it never stops.

“We do not do it sea­son­ally, but we have been do­ing it con­sis­tently through­out Umno’s his­tory.”

The pro­gramme aimed to pro­vide as­sis­tance to some 300,000 needy peo­ple in ru­ral ar­eas.

A con­voy will travel to 21 lo­ca­tions from to­day un­til June 1 to pro­vide free med­i­cal check-ups, free Na­tional Ed­u­ca­tion Sav­ings Scheme ac­counts to 15,000 fam­i­lies and 40,000 free Tabung Haji ac­counts to needy chil­dren.

The con­voy will re­sume its jour­ney after Hari Raya cel­e­bra­tions by vis­it­ing 71 lo­ca­tions, which sym­bol­ised Umno’s 71 years of ex­is­tence.

Na­jib said the pro­grame would pri­ori­tise the el­derly, peo­ple with dis­abil­ity, sin­gle moth­ers, or­phans and the sick.

Umno mem­bers, he said, must close ranks and work hard to serve the peo­ple, es­pe­cially those who were marginalised.

“I want us to be present at all lev­els of so­ci­ety, in­clud­ing in ur­ban, sub­ur­ban and ru­ral ar­eas.”

Present were Se­lan­gor Umno li­ai­son com­mit­tee chair­man Tan Sri Noh Omar, Umno sec­re­tary­gen­eral Datuk Seri Tengku Ad­nan Tengku Man­sor and Umno Wel­fare Bureau chair­man Datuk Dr Sham­sul Anuar Nasarah.

PIC BY AYRAF HAMZAH

Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak be­ing greeted dur­ing the launch of the Umno Bantu Rakyat pro­gramme by the Umno Wel­fare Bureau at SK Ta­man Kosas in Am­pang yes­ter­day.

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