Op­po­si­tion strat­egy like that of Nazis’: Zahid

> ‘We need to feel wor­ried about what is hap­pen­ing to our so­ci­ety’


KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi has likened the Op­po­si­tion to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler and his move­ment for its pro­pa­ganda against the rul­ing gov­ern­ment.

He said the Nazi move­ment used ra­dio and film to carry out its cre­ative pro­pa­ganda, al­low­ing it to in­flu­ence the minds of more than 80 mil­lion Ger­mans.

“The Op­po­si­tion’s plot in this coun­try is al­most sim­i­lar. They shower the rakyat with ‘can­dies’ with their pro­pa­ganda as if the coun­try is on the brink of bank­ruptcy, and other al­le­ga­tions and false sto­ries,” he said in his speech at the open­ing of the Puteri, Pe­muda and Wanita wings’ assem­bly yes­ter­day.

“We need to feel wor­ried to see such changes hap­pen­ing to our so­ci­ety,” he said, elab­o­rat­ing the changes had led to hate pol­i­tics in the rakyat’s mind.

Ah­mad Zahid, who is Umno act­ing deputy pres­i­dent, ral­lied party mem­bers to stick to Umno’s strug­gles through thick and thin, and to ap­pre­ci­ate Umno’s con­tri­bu­tion in cham­pi­oning the Malays.

He also urged mem­bers to close ranks and re­main firm in their sup­port for party pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Na­jib Ab­dul Razak.

“Al­lah has placed Datuk Seri Na­jib as our pres­i­dent. Thus, I urge all del­e­gates to pledge your loy­alty, not only through your lips but also in your heart,” he said.

Ah­mad Zahid also took a swipe at sev­eral for­mer Umno lead­ers for turn­ing their back on the party, stat­ing that the po­si­tions that they used to hold were be­cause of the party’s grass­roots sup­port.

“It is un­for­tu­nate that a leader who used to preach about ‘Me­layu haprak’ (use­less Malays) has now left the Umno ves­sel. Now, who is ac­tu­ally the haprak? Who ac­tu­ally eats the ‘dedak’ (handout)?

“The per­son who used to lead us, left the party thrice. I have never left Umno de­spite be­ing de­tained un­der the In­ter­nal Se­cu­rity Act. My al­le­giance is with Umno,” he added, re­fer­ring to for­mer pre­mier Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad.

Ah­mad Zahid also re­minded party mem­bers to be pre­pared to face the 14th gen­eral elec­tion, spec­u­lated to be held next year.

He called for party mem­bers to for­get their past griev­ances and power strug­gles in the party and aim for vic­tory in the up­com­ing gen­eral elec­tion.

“Fo­cus on our strength to at­tract even more sup­port and the rakyat’s con­fi­dence in us ... We have no other choice but to win, win and keep win­ning for the in­ter­est of our re­li­gion, the Malays, the royal in­sti­tu­tion and Malaysians as a whole,” he said.

Ear­lier, Ah­mad Zahid, who is deputy prime min­is­ter, launched his 101-page book Gen­dang Perang PRU: Strategi kukuhkan Parti (Gen­eral Elec­tion War Drum: Strate­gies to strengthen the party).

Ah­mad Zahid launch­ing his book Gen­dang Perang PRU: Strategi kukuhkan Parti with Umno ex­ec­u­tive sec­re­tary Datuk Seri Ab Rauf Yu­soh at the Pu­tra World Trade Cen­tre in Kuala Lumpur yes­ter­day.

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