‘Party would never side­line other races’

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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.

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