‘Party would never sideline other races’
previous leaders if Umno’s legacy was put to an end.
“Therefore, let us not be neglectful, even for a brief moment, and be reminded that we are facing a challenge that we had never encountered before.
“If Umno was to be buried due to our carelessness, it would definitely be a ‘sin’ which would not be forgiven by our future generations,” he said.
As a party that champions the rights of the Malays, Najib said it would be unimaginable if Umno was shattered and was no longer present to defend the race.
“What will then happen to our race? When the Malays have no place to rely (on), they will stumble and fall, become disgraceful, vagrants and beggars in their own land.”
Najib warned that Islam and the Malay institution in Malaysia would be undermined if DAP was allowed to come into power in the next general election.
He said Umno has been a shield to deter attempts by groups challenging the rights of Islam and the special position of Malays as provided in the Federal Constitution.
Najib stressed that Umno would never sideline other races in the country despite its Malaybased nature and ideology.
“Umno, which has led the government since independence, is not only an organisation for Malays and bumiputras, but has proven that Umno is inclusive and guarantees the importance and rights of other races.”
He said he never left the side of former Umno presidentturned-rival Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad during turbulent times faced by the party.
“Dr Mahathir, who was once a revered countryman, now has turned his back on the party he used to lead for years,” he said, pointing out that the former prime minister is working with other opposition parties.
“This is the pinnacle of treachery to Umno, race and his homeland.”
On the Bill proposed by PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang to strengthen the syariah court jurisdiction, Najib called on the public not to politicise the issue further.
“It is a private motion that will be taken over by the government. To the non-Muslims, do not worry as they are not subjected to the law and the government is looking into the details so that there would not be double punishment,” he said.
Najib addressing party delegates during the opening of the Umno general assembly at the Putra World Trade Centre yesterday.