'CONSISTENCY IN CHAMPIONING PEOPLE'S RIGHTS KEY TO UMNO'S SUCCESS'
Unlike the opposition, BN always reaches out to grassroots, helps needy, says Najib
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.
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.