Jo­hari: Be loyal, pa­tient when cham­pi­oning party’s strug­gles

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KOTA KINABALU: Umno mem­bers here were re­minded to be loyal and pa­tient when cham­pi­oning the party’s strug­gles.

Umno Supreme Coun­cil mem­ber Datuk Seri Jo­hari Ab­dul Ghani, who is sec­ond fi­nance min­is­ter, said while the party had sur­vived all th­ese years be­cause of its abil­ity to pro­duce lead­ers suited to their times, th­ese two char­ac­ter­is­tics were vi­tal to en­sure Umno re­mained strong.

“Our pre­de­ces­sors pos­sessed th­ese two el­e­ments as they fought for the country’s in­de­pen­dence know­ing that their sac­ri­fice was not for them­selves, but for the fu­ture gen­er­a­tions,” he said when of­fi­ci­at­ing the Kota Kinabalu Umno di­vi­sion del­e­gates’ meet­ing here yes­ter­day.

He said past lead­ers, like Tunku Ab­dul Rah­man, Tun Hus­sein Onn and Tun Ab­dul Razak Hus­sein, were the right lead­ers dur­ing their re­spec­tive eras.

“So, lead­er­ship tran­si­tion is nor­mal. Lead­ers may change, but the party re­mains if we con­tinue to be loyal to Umno’s strug- gles.”

He said one of the chal­lenges now was Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo- ha­mad, who had switched sides to Pakatan Hara­pan. On pa­tience, the Ti­ti­wangsa mem­ber of par­lia­ment said he was se­lected as a can­di­date in the 2013 Gen­eral Elec­tion af­ter wait­ing for three gen­eral elec­tions, dur­ing which he re­mained loyal to the party.

“De­spite not be­ing named, I never stopped cham­pi­oning the party’s strug­gles and even be­came an elec­tion ma­chin­ery direc­tor to sup­port the can­di­dates.”

He said Barisan Na­sional was the best op­tion as it con­tin­ued power shar­ing among com­po­nent par­ties even though some of them did not per­form well in the last elec­tion.

“Umno is con­sid­ered a big brother and we need to help the younger sib­lings (com­po­nent par­ties). BN is the only coali­tion that takes into con­sid­er­a­tion its com­po­nent par­ties’ in­ter­ests.”

Jo­hari said po­lit­i­cal sta­bil­ity had en­abled Malaysia to sur­pass the Philip­pines, which was just be­hind Ja­pan 60 years ago, in terms of devel­op­ment.

“So, no matter what the op­po­si­tion says, Umno re­mains solid and Malaysia has pro­gressed due to the sta­bil­ity we pro­vide.”

He said the party needed Sabah Umno’s sup­port to con­tinue be­ing strong and as­sured that BN would never turn its back on Saba­hans.

He noted how Sabah’s econ­omy grew from 2.1 per cent in 2011 to 6.1 per cent in 2015.

Jo­hari said the state was al­ways given more projects in terms of road links, elec­tric­ity and hous­ing.

He said the Fed­eral Govern­ment would boost power sup­ply and im­ple­ment other mea­sures in the state to woo in­vestors and tourists.

This, he added, would in­clude the pos­si­bil­ity of air­port ex­pan­sion and al­low­ing more ho­tels to be built.

Datuk Seri Jo­hari Ab­dul Ghani

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