KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 1 (Bernama) -- Following is the policy speech delivered
by UMNO president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak at the Umno General Assembly 2011,
at Dewan Merdeka, Putra World Trade Centre, here, today.
"UMNO CHAMPIONS TRANSFORMATION"
1. Alhamdulillah (Praise be to Allah), we thank Allah SWT for allowing us to
gather in this hallowed hall. Peace and blessings be upon Prophet Muhammad SAW
(peace be upon him) whose leadership we look up to.
2. In all humility, the Umno General Assembly this year is marked by the
advent of the Hijrah 1433 New Year. It also signifies nearly 1,380 years since
the passing of Prophet Muhammad on 11 Hijrah or 632AD. The Prophet had left us
forever, leaving behind the Quran and Sunnah to guide us so that we do not go
astray in our life''s journey.
3. Looking back at and taking a leaf from the history of the Prophet, he had
bequeathed a legacy of leadership by example to human civilisation. He was ably
supported by the loyal and experienced Abu bakar As-Siddiq, the first caliph;
second caliph Umar Al-Khattab who stood for a life of steadfast religious
4. Then came Uthman Al-Affan, the third calipe, a peerless man of honesty,
piety and character, while the fourth caliphe, Ali represented leadership among
young people, willing to make all sacrifices. He was blessed and was also called
the "Lion of Allah", just like Saidina Hamzah.
5. In this regard, intellectuals and researchers consider that the Prophet
had undertaken the struggle to uphold Islam in a strategic manner. All actions
were imbued with noble values such as love for the struggle, obedience, loyalty,
sacrifice, honesty, trustworthiness, hard work, perseverance and placing faith
Ladies and gentlemen,
6. As we trace the path that they had taken, we should continue to emulate
and draw lessons from it with a view to enhancing Umno''s struggle which has had
its share of ups and downs as a party that has done so much.
7. This year, Umno celebrates its 65th anniversary, a political organisation
which has spent nearly seven decades at the forefront of history, with efforts
to uphold the dignity and elevate the status of the Malays at its core.
8. We have come a long way. So much time has passed. Despite the challenges,
defamation, being assailed with malicious and dirty tactics, and battered by the
opposition, all that have not dampened our spirit, we will never surrender and
our hopes will never fade.
9. Far from that, we will continue to strategise, moving forward step by
step in our struggle for race, religion and country.
10. I invite you to rise as we honour past Umno leaders and warriors, unsung
party comrades as well as distinguised statesmen born out of our noble struggle.
Let''s give them our highest accolades.
11. The list starts with honoured figures who had left us forever such as
the late Dato'' Onn, Tunku Abdul Rahman, Tun Razak, Tun Hussein, Tun Dr Ismail
and Tun Ghaffar Baba. Our heartfelt appreciation also goes to distinguished
personalities who are shouldering on till this day, such as Tun Dr Mahathir, Tun
Abdullah Badawi and Tun Musa Hitam.
12. But more importantly, we should pay homage to our party, the United
Malays National Organisation or UMNO, which has brought about the creation of a
strong, independent nation where children are equipped with knowledge, forests
are utilised, plantations are opened, allowing people to enjoy immense benefits.
13. It cannot be denied that Malaysia''s storied achievements are the tale of
the achievements of the United Malays National Organisation, that is UMNO,
together with its partners. Perikatan (Alliance), which later came to be known
as Barisan Nasional, was the result of a genuine pact between the
Malays/Bumiputeras and other communities in Malaysia.
14. Thanks to an efficient management of the country, especially in the
economic field, Malaysia, formerly a low-income agrarian nation where more than
half of its population lived below the poverty line, has turned into a middle
income modern, industrialised country, where less than four per cent of its
people live under the relative poverty line while hardcore poverty has nearly
been wiped out.
15. If we look at it closely, the history of our achievements had its seeds
in the UMNO-led government''s initiatives, careful planning, policy-making and
implementation. In other words, it did not just happen out of nothing or
happened in vacuum.
16. In this connection, let''s banish all worries and doubts. Malaysia, for
sure, is not a narrative written by a failed governing party. It is a story
crafted by a party that has every right to feel proud that the mandate and trust
of Malaysians bestowed upon it have been used properly for the benefit and glory
of the nation.
17. Under the circumstances, whether we realise it or not, not all political
parties tasked with forming a government would be able to emulate our
achievements. A sizeable number of countries on the planet have failed despite
being blessed with vast potential and natural resources, no thanks to uncapable
governments which could not leverage on such advantages.
At last year''s assembly, I dwelt on the question of who are the Malays from
the perspectives of philosophy and lineage. We''ve heard that those considered
part of the Malay community include Bugis, Minang, Arabs, Muslim converts as
well as tens of ethnic communities in Sabah and Sarawak. Even Mamak and Malbari
are viewed as Malays. Thrown into the picture are our three vice-presidents
comprising one of Javanese descent, another of Turkish origin and the third, a
Bajau Laut. That''s okay, the important thing is that they are all Malays.
18. So, at this assembly, after reflecting on my 35 years of active
involvement in the party and against the backdrop of UMNO''s ripe old age of 65,
I think that it''s time to shed light on who are actually UMNO people and what it
means to be one.
19. What I mean is, when we talk about the party, the truth is that it''s no
longer enough for us be merely defined as UMNO members. Instead, we should be
UMNO people, whereby our character, action and value systems that we adhere to
should be testimony to this.
OBEDIENCE AND LOYALTY
Firstly, UMNO people are obedient and loyal to the party. They shall never
betray the party.
We understand that it is common to have differences of opinion in a party.
But what is important is that such a situation should bring about positive
rather than negative results.
As we continue with our struggle, UMNO people should create good deeds for
the party. They should understand the meaning of loyalty and obedience as well
as the importance of consultation.
For example, we want followers like Khalid al-Walid, who dutifully
relinquished his position as a commander when so ordered by the caliph, going
into the war as a mere soldier. He had never lost a single battle, according to
Also, there is Usamah bin Zaid, a teenager who commandeered his soldiers as
ordered by his superiors although he did not have much experience on the
These are the features and characters of true-blue fighters that we would
like to see in UMNO people.
Still on obedience and loyalty, we do not want people whose actions do not
tally with their words.
Do not stab from the back and do not shove from the back.
LOVE AND AFFECTION
Secondly, UMNO people should profess love and affection for the party, as
sung by the late Tan Sri P.Ramlee in his song, "...it is love and affection,
genuine and noble".
In this regard, when there is love and affection towards the party, UMNO
people will not be afraid to voice out their opinion as well as listen to other
views for the good of the party.
Religious teachings and intellectuals provide guidance; speak truthfully as
history is based on truth that will stand the test of time.
In line with loyalty, it is incumbent upon UMNO people who love the party to
defend and uphold it as long as they live.
To love the party, UMNO people should know the party''s history inside out
and take to heart the philosophy and principles of its struggle.
In short, UMNO people should view the party as the one and only means
capable of safeguarding the future of the Malays. UMNO people should always have
the zeal and refrain from ever letting the party down.
On the topic of love for the organisation, UMNO people must show undivided
love for the party, there is no room for polygamous love, there is no such thing
as divided love.
UNTIRING SERVICE AND SACRIFICE
UMNO people are those willing to serve untiringly and make sacrifices, the
latter being an attribute that should be an intrinsic part of UMNO people.
UMNO people should serve the people with a genuine heart. Do remember that
the people are watching us. Some say that despite maintaining a low-key
presence, the people will always feel, hear and make judgments.
UMNO people should reflect on themselves. Is the spirit of Tun Tuah still
alive in their hearts? Are they bravehearts just like Tun Fatimah once was?
Whether we like it or not, UMNO people should not waver. Come what may, UMNO
should be in the position to win. Whatever challenges along the way, UMNO people
should continue to be close to the people. Be mindful that in a democratic
system, there is no second place. We must be champions.
In conclusion, the apex of our struggle should be the upholding of the
interest and dignity of the party, not self-worth or self-interest.
20. Above all, UMNO''s biggest success was its ability to unite the Malays
through its formation on May 11, 1946. It should, therefore, be stressed that
this is by no means a small success, and far from being trivial, because the
Malays in pre-Second World War cared little about politics, and were still bound
by the spirit of parochialism.
21. Let''s not forget also, that, as what has been written in the annals of
the country''s history, it was UMNO which had successfully buried the Malayan
Union and replaced it with the Federation of Malaya. This episode marked Umno''s
cause in safeguarding the position of the Malay Rulers, the Malay race and the
sanctity of Islam.
22. And then came the bitter episode for UMNO when Dato’ Onn Jaafar, an
eminent figure and founding president, resigned from the post and left the
23. At that time, many were offering orbituaries and reading the talqin for
UMNO for having lost a leader. In the face of all this, the party elections saw
Tunku Abdul Rahman taking over the president''s post and Tun Razak serving as his
24. Indeed, the gloomy predictions of many, that UMNO would sink, were all
wrong; in fact, the leadership change had further boosted the effort to attain
independence for the country. Simultaneously, the slogan "Hidup Melayu" was
changed to "Merdeka".
25. Although party members did not approve of Dato’ Onn''s proposals to open
UMNO''s door to the non-Malays, party leaders at that time understood the reality
and were able to look far into the future, and came up with a unique
power-sharing principle or concept through the Alliance Party, comprising Umno,
MCA and MIC. The most important thing was the loyalty of all races to the
Federation of Malaya.
26. In this regard, UMNO''s commitment in ensuring the success of the
power-sharing arrangement, was evident from the beginning. For instance, in the
1955 election in which the Alliance won 51 out of 52 Federal Legislative Council
seats, Umno put into practice the power-sharing principles by fielding
candidates only in 35 constituencies, with MCA contesting in 15 others and MIC,
in two areas. This was despite the fact that 50 of the constituencies were Malay
majority areas and only two were Chinese-majority constituencies.
27. It is also pertinent to know that in terms of voter percentage, 84 per
cent or over one million electorates in the election were Malays, 11 per cent or
about 143,000 were Chinese and 50,000 or only about four per cent were Indians.
28. This had not hindered all the MCA and MIC candidates from winning in the
election. For UMNO leaders and members, in order to achieve unity among the
component members of the Alliance party, they had to show sincerity in sharing
power. This sincerity was manifested in their willingness to give Malay-majority
areas for other component parties to contest.
29. It did not stop just at that; UMNO members had also shown willingness
to vote for candidates who were not from their own race for the sake of the
larger objective of winning the election, and forming the government, and
subsequently attaining the independence.
30. This goes to prove that UMNO, from the very beginning, is not a racist
party. UMNO is the pioneer in promoting racial tolerance which, in the end,
created social stability and brought prosperity to the country.
31. UMNO, through the Alliance Party, skippered the country''s ship of
independence, which was attained not through bloodshed or revolution. It was
inked on the negotiation table. Thank God, there was no destruction, not even to
the country''s source of wealth like plantation and mining areas. This had
allowed the government of the newly-independent nation to embark on building a
successful and peaceful country.
32. Our success story began before the country achieved its independence 54
years ago. It started with the formation of the Alliance government in 1955
under the leadership of Tunku Abdul Rahman. As soon as self-rule was attained,
the Alliance government began embarking on a journey to improve the well-being
of the people, by formulating the First Malaya Plan, covering the period of 1956
to 1960. It was during this time, in 1956, that Felda was formed, followed by
many more concrete steps being implemented in the post-independence era.
33. The setting up of FELDA was way ahead of its time. It had given
opportunities to those who were without land, brought a ray of hope for those
who had little to hope for, and offered a new beginning for Malaysians to free
themselves of the clasp of poverty. All praise to the Almighty, today they are
over 100,000 settlers nationwide who are enjoying the fruit of the visionary
planning, together with hundreds of thousands more of the second generation of
34. Coming back to our journey as a nation, when the country achieved its
independence, the first challenge for UMNO and the Alliance party was to deal
with the threats of the Communist Party of Malaya and put an end to the
Emergency which was declared in 1948. Thank God, this had been successfully
dealth with in less than three years after 1957.
35. This is no small amount of success; it is very significant and
monumental to the country. We should look at this success from the perspective
of what had been taking place in the region. If we look at this carefully, even
with the involvement of major powers, with an unmatched military might, it was
not enough to keep communism at bay. On the contrary, a country which had just
achieved its independence, thanks to the solid support of its people, managed to
debunk the domino theory.
36. UMNO, therefore, condemns in the strongest term the actions of certain
quarters who attempted to rewrite and recast the country''s history, by
ridiculing the contributions of the country''s heroes. As a responsible
government and one that knows how to be grateful, the Barisan Nasional
government will not in any way neglect our heroes and heroines without defending
them. Indeed, their deeds and contributions should remain alive in the hearts
and memories of all Malaysians.
37. After winning the fight for peace, we declared war on poverty and
backwardness. As mentioned just now, this was something which should be done
because in the early independence era, over 89 per cent of Malayan people were
living in rural and interior areas, with high illiteracy rate, low access to
education, coupled with lack of infrastructure facilities.
38. It is amusing that we now hear certain quarters talking about the
concept of a welfare state. We say, well done and congratulations, because they
finally realise about the concept of welfare state; albeit 60 years too late.
39. Herein lies the question: why now, why only now they care about the
welfare of the people? We want to ask, what have they been struggling for all
this while? Had the objective been merely to create disunity among the people?
The fact is, with all the initiatives implemented by the government for the
people, the Barisan Nasional has, since the last six decades, been implementing
the concept of a welfare state.
40. During the dark hours of the 1969 racial riots, the prognosis of
international observers towards Malaysia was very bad indeed. They predicted
that we would fail; and the people seemed to have lost their hopes. In spite of
all these, UMNO and its partners had not given up or lost their directions.
Taking cognisance of this event, let us be mindful of the fact that there were
also among opposition leaders who had fanned slogans, insulting the Malays which
led to the May 13 tragedy.
41. The date, September 22, 1970 saw Tunku Abdul Rahman relinquishing his
leadership of the country and party. Tun Razak took over both posts, and thus
begun the era of the implementation of the NEP (New Economic Policy). The focus
remained towards the rural and interior areas.
42. This was exemplified through the setting up of agencies, among them
RISDA for rubber smallholders, Malaysian Fisheries Development Authority,
Farmers'' Organisation Authority and the National Livestock Development
Authority, each to assist farmers, planters and livestock breeders respectively.
To intensify regional development, the government set up KEJORA, KETENGAH,
PERDA, KEDA, KESEDAR, DARA and the Jengka Regional Development Authority.
43. To create a trading and industrial community and spur the entry of the
Malay/Bumiputera in modern sectors, the government set up agencies such as Bank
Bumiputra, UDA, Pernas and Non-Financial Public Enterprises.
44. The main impact of these policies and the setting up Barisan Nasional
was social stability, which paved the way for sustainable economic growth,
averaging nearly 7 per cent for two successive decades. This had directly led to
prosperity and better standard of living for Malaysians of various races.
45. UMNO faced the most dreadful moment when the party was banned in 1988.
This was due to disputes arising from the party''s elections in 1987 which led to
the matter being brought to the court. Although UMNO was split into two, which
saw attempts to copy the Barisan Nasional concept through the Gagasan Rakyat and
Angkatan Perpaduan Ummah, this was not successful due to the lack of sincerity.
46. Notwithstanding this, we overcame all challenges. Rising from the ruins
of the old UMNO, the new UMNO was created to continue fighting for the Malays in
a dramatic recovery process, which did not take long.
47. Contrary to the shallow interpretations of certain quarters, the NEP
posed no harm to the non-Malays. As proof, after two decades of its
implementation, in 1990, the non-Malays continued to hold the largest equity in
the country''s wealth, while their average household income was still the highest
among the races in Malaysia.
48. Granted that although the equity ownership had not been fully achieved,
the NEP''s most impactful outcome was the creation of a large pool of Malay
middle class at the end of the policy''s period. The size of this middle class
group increased drastically during the era of the National Development Policy
between 1991 and 2000. The NEP had actually laid the foundation for social
stability, which paved the way for wealth creation and allowed prosperity to be
enjoyed by all.
49. Another success story was the increase in the number of Malay/Bumiputera
professionals. If we look into the matter, during the early part of its
implementation in the 1970s, there were only about five per cent Malay and
Bumiputera professionals. This had now increased to 45 per cent as a result of
the NEP and its other contemporary policies.
50. The government''s initiatives through the setting up of residential
schools, Science Secondary Schools, Mara Junior Science Colleges, foundation
science centres, matriculation classes for local IPTAs and sending first degree
students overseas, had become a catalyst for the emergence of Malay middle
51. The policy had also facilitated vertical social mobility movement; so it
is not surprising to see today the child of a labourer becoming the chief
executive officer of a banking group; or the children of farmers, rubber
tappers, fishermen and planters becoming top administrators, civil servants or
corporate leaders, entrepreneurs, tycoons and intellectuals.
52. As we had already known, we were an agricultural country at first, and
our main export was commodities such as rubber, palm oil and tin. In mid-80s,
when the country recovered from the economic downturn arising from the fall of
commodity prices, the government rolled out its industrialisation plan.
53. Focus was given on making Malaysia a centre of attraction for global
tourism apart from embarking on major infrastructure projects, for example, the
North-South Expressway, which had successfully stimulated growth and urbanisaton
54. These initiatives, policies and programmes have brought about structural
changes, not only to the socioeconomic landscape of the people but also to the
value systems, paving the way for a higher standard of living and education as
well as a wider access to information.
55. If we look and reminisce back, in the 1999 general election, although
the usage of mobile phones was on the increase, it cannot channel data
communications due to technological limitations at that time. E-mails, faxes and
websites, which were far from being interactive, were the popular media to
disseminate alternative news. Looking back, at that time there were no Google,
Facebook, Twitter or smart phones.
56. Compared to the situation now, according to the data from the Malaysian
Communications and Multimedia Commission, we have 36 million cellular telephone
subscribers, which is a penetration rate of 124 per cent, or 124 sets for each
100 people. The current broadband penetration has increased to 62 per cent in
household subscriptions. In other words, four million households out of a total
of 6.5 million households, or over 16 million people, have access to broadband
57. Apart from that, over 40 per cent are subscribers of satellite pay-TV
channels, exposing them to such news channels as CNN, BBC and Al-Jazeera,
allowing them to follow developments in the world ''live''.
58. Moving ahead after a decade, the introduction of SMS, MMS, BlackBerry
Messenger, smart phones, social media, smart electronic tablets and free Wi-Fi
has enabled easier access to ideas, thoughts and news.
59. For example, my Aidil Adha speech, which was broadcast when my
entourage and me were on the Haj pilgrimage, was recorded while we were at
Arafah, by using an iPhone, before it was distributed to the local media.
60. While on the subject of such sophistication, we had witnessed the
dying seconds of Saddam Hussein being hanged, the misfortune that befell Muammar
Gaddafi. The changes taking place in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen as well as
the protests in Syria which we had witnessed, are also the genesis of the social
media. We have found that although the leaders of these nations had attempted to
alter stories about their countries, with smartphones, broadband and YouTube,
the truth about what really happened can be told.
61. Moving on from there, the government, through the Malaysian
Communications and Multimedia Commisssion had established 560 broadband
communities, which is almost one for every district in the country. We have also
strengthened our efforts through the establishment of 1,300 kampung tanpa wayar
(wireless villages) in all parts of the country so that the people will be able
to surf the Internet while another 1,700 are in the process of being
62. Malaysia is already among the top Asean countries in terms of its ICT
capability. We also have 17.5 million Internet users, and according to research,
Malaysians have the highest number of friends on Facebook, at 234 per person.
63. Also, from the 1990s, in order to address the dissatisfaction
resulting from the difficulty in getting tertiary education, the government, had
from 1995, moved towards liberalising the higher education sector.
64. The positive results can be seen, from just nine public universities
(at one time), this has risen to 20 today. In addition, 25 universities, 22
university colleges and more than 400 colleges by the private sector and five
local campuses of foreign universities have sprung up (in the country).
65. The results from the increased socio-economic standing and greater
access to post secondary school education has created a new generation of
Malaysians who are more critical and have higher expectations of the government.
66. This generation represents the children of the first generation of
the NEP era. They have been born since the 1970s. This generation does not like
to be yelled at, does not like to be told what to do, does not like to be told
what is right or what is wrong, and they do not feel comfortable when we bring
up issues like about our contributions in the past.
67. We feel that they want to be engaged or consulted, want to have the
freedom to evaluate, want to articulate and make decisions based on information
and ideas available. As such, UMNO, in order to continue to be strong, needs to
communicate in the manner and language of these young people so that our party
can be better understood.
68. In view of this environment, the government has announced amendments
to Section 15 of the Universities and University Colleges Act or AUKU to allow
undergraduates of public universities to become members of political parties
when they come of age legally or have reached 18 years old.
69. UMNO has always listened to the voices, the role and contributions of
the young. We acknowledge them not just when the general election is around the
corner, but on the other hand, we have always been acknowledging them.
70. From UMNO''s history, one can see that it was the first political
party which started a wing for young men and women, and this was followed by the
Puteri wing. Under the latest amendments to UMNO''s Constitution, we have
increased the number of delegates at the division level and to this year''s
general assembly in order for the party to increase its role. Therefore,their
numbers will be used in the process of choosing the party''s leadership.
71. The success in crafting the existing face of Malaysia has made us
face our biggest challenge for the survival of our party and Barisan Nasional.
Whether we remain as a party trusted by the people and continue to be given the
the mandate to become the government depends on our realisation, understanding
and actions that we take.
72. Throughout my speech, I recorded 10 key points in the party''s
chronology that were "game changers" in UMNO''s history.
73. In that context, I would like to cite five strengths to enable us to
face whatever trials and tribulations that may affect the party, whether they
are internal or external. The first is the ability to relook at the party to
benefit from the new environment.
74. Secondly, we should uphold the principle of wasatiyyah or way to
peace in all fields, whether in administration, power sharing, economy, ace
relations or international relations.
75. Thirdly, UMNO should be in the forefront in having the “supremacy of
ideas” in the era of competitive minds and the fierce market competition for
ideas and information. .
76. Fourthly, UMNO needs to place the welfare of the people above
eveything else. Whatever policies that are to be formulated, initiatives to be
planned and programmes to be implemented, they should all stress on the welfare
of the people.
77. Fifthly, the ability of UMNO to fulfill what it has mentioned and
deliver what it has promised. In essence, we are not like some other parties
that are only good at being puppeteers.
78. It is because of that since I took over the leadership of the party
and government 30 months ago, my colleagues and me in the UMNO Supreme Council,
Barisan Nasional Supreme Council or in the Cabinet have made a decision to
implement a peace process and renewal.
79. In the party, for a start, we have begun to enlarge the voting
franchise for the members of the Supreme Council. We want more people from UMNO
to be given the right to choose their own leaders. UMNO is not a party that will
be shaken as a result of demonstrations as alleged by our political foes,
instead UMNO is a party that upholds democracy. There is an English saying,“the
proof of the pudding is in the eating”.
80. We are not like our opponents. I give you the first example, Parti A,
the post of de facto leader is not chosen along democratic lines, he is more
powerful than the party''s president. My second example, Party B, a party which
uses the name "democratic" but is not democratic at all. What is democratic
about this party if its divisional delegates choose 20 central committee members
and then the 20 members of the central committee in turn choose the party
leaders? This clearly goes to show that it does not reflect the wants of the
majority of the party''s members.
81. In my third example, Parti C, which seemingly fights for welfare
state. But the post of its Spiritual Leader or Mursyidul Am, is not elected
through democratic means and is also more powerful than the party''s president.
The same goes for Parti A. In addition, in Parti A, the husband is the de facto
leader, the wife is the president, the eldest daughter is the vice president,
and the Deputy President...there is no need for us to talk further.
82. From what we have seen, we have to be mindful of such matters, if
UMNO still fails to understand and feel for such factors which have become “game
changers” or new styles of leadership in the national political landscape or
does not review the “game plan”, then we will bring tragedy to the party.
83. What do we mean by game changer? First, it is a new reality. If UMNO
does not understand the new national political landscape, how are UMNO and BN
going to succeed? Secondly, the new media. Whether we want it or like it or not,
UMNO should dominate the new media because today, at this very moment, it is
capable of decide whether we win or lose. It is capable of levelling the playing
field or it could also not level the playing field. From this, people from UMNO
must know the ways to benefit from the new media for the sake of the party''s
84. In order to fulfill and realise the new meanings and realities, UMNO
as a dynamic political party, cannot just be seen as strong in winning previous
battles, we must also be the champion when fighting the latest battles.
85. Thirdly, UMNO should also accept new thinking that exists among all
segments of voters in order to garner their support. UMNO cannot behave or even
be seen as arrogant and proud. If not, voters and the people will dislike and
distance themselves from us.
86. For the last six decades, UMNO has become a core political party
which supports success. To date, records have shown that we have never dominated
or intended to dominate other component parties (in BN) which had been claimed
by the Opposition.
87. We are far from the the coalition of opposition parties which are not
capable of reaching an understanding or are united on policy issues. For
example, in the matter of having an Islamic state, Party A will say that it will
agree on a personal level, Party B will say that it will never allow over their
dead bodies, and Party C will say "let us change to a welfare state". They only
cause headaches and confusion to the people.
88. This is different with Umno, as a core party, we cooperate and work hand
in hand with component parties. Our cooperation is pragmatic, realistic and
sincere. We accept our colleagues in Barisan Nasional as they are. We trust in
each other, we rely on each other and we understand each ever since before
independent. This was what made us successful in leading the country towards
89. As the 11th gamechanger, we started with the Government Transformation
Programme to improve the public sector service. This is followed by the Economic
Transformation Programme and the New Economic Model as the the final plan
towards a developed and high income nation. Subsequently, a Political
Transformation Programme to balance National Security and Individual Freedom.
90. The Rural Transformation Programme was launched to increase the quality
of lives of those in the interior and rural areas as well as the Social
Transformation Programme, which is based on the 1Malaysia philosophy. We further
introduced initiatives to reduce the cost of living of the rakyat like
the 1Malaysia Clinic, the 1Malaysia People''s Shop (KR1M), 1Malaysia Menu and
IMalaysia Housing Project or PR1MA.
91. Actually, what we have today and what can be seen by all, was not built
within a short period. It was built with much difficulty and sacrifices. It
was built by our forefathers -- the Malays, Chinese, Indians, Ibans, Kadazans
and others, including the Orang Asli and Siamese. Their dreams and hopes were
for us to have better lives. This is being continued by our current generation,
who aspires a better future for our children and grandchildren.
92. Do remember...do remember that all these were made possible by us,
people of UMNO, a party which has been of service to all of us, not only the
Malays but also Malaysians as a whole. However, it is sad and it hurts, when
today UMNO, a party which has done so much for us, is being freely mocked and
ridiculed. In fact, there appearS to be attempts to wipe out our good deeds from
the pages of history.
93. These people, without showing any signs of shame or reluctance, even
claimed that UMNO has not done any good deeds, not even for them. If that was
true, who had put an end to the Malayan Union? Who won independence peacefully?
If not for this blessed party?
94. To overcome all these doubts or questions, people would say, if you had
bathed at a well, you must not forget who had dug the well (Kalau mandi dikali,
jangan lupa pada siapa yang menggalinya). Was it not UMNO who was responsible
for bringing about prosperity?
95. But this is not the case. These people, despite not being in power as
yet, are already behaving like "kaduk naik junjung" (a person
of lowly stature when given a high position feels as if he is a noble person and
acts arrogantly). They also make empty promises easily (lidah
tidak bertulang), saying that if they came into power, they would get rid of
half of the number of civil servants (in the country). What do they mean by
that, do they want to get rid of 200,000 teachers? Who will teach our children?
Not all can afford to send their children to private schools.
96. And if that is not enough, they also want to terminate the services of
half our doctors and nurses, whereas not all Malaysians can afford to get
treatment in private hospitals. They also want to terminate the services of half
of police force and army? And if that were to be the case, who should we turn to
for our security and that of our family?
97. This is the fate that will befall us if UMNO loses its power. Who will
defend Islam? Who will defend the rights and agenda of the Malays? And who can
be counted upon to continue honouring our Rulers? We should try to find answers
to these questions.
98. Five hundred years ago, the Melaka Sultanate fell. This happened not
because of a lack of Malay warriors, battle know-how or poverty. The empire
crumbled, no thanks to disunity and betrayal (among the people).
99. Such was also the fate of other world empires that collapsed. China was
humbled by the opium wars, the Roman Empire was destroyed because of internal
disunity and the Othmanniyah Empire crumbled also due to disunity. Let us learn
from these lessons. Let us not be entrapped by these factors.
100. Lastly, as UMNO President, I am thankful for having a Deputy
President and a line-up of Vice-Presidents who are loyal, and a Wanita movement
that relentlessly supports the party''s endeavour, a vociferous and courageous
Youth movement, a spirited and steadfast Puteri wing, a Supreme Council that is
always battle-ready, and especially the people of UMNO, who are waiting to do
battle when the call is made.
101. Let us come together, it is now time for us to sound the battle drums
and bugles. The time is near, the time has come. Stand up people of UMNO, let us
march onwards to the battle field. Let us pray that Allah will bless us. Long
Live UMNO! Long live UMNO! Long live UMNO!
Wabillahitaufik Walhidayah Wassalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.
JS MAM FR MGN SHY