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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

principles.

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

in Allah.

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

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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

history.

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

battlefield.

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

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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

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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.

i) 1946

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.

ii) 1951

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

party.

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

loyal deputy.

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.

iii) 1955

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.

iv) 1957

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

settlers.

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.

v) 1969

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.

vi) 1970

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.

vii) 1988

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.

viii) 1990

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

class.

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

process.

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.

ix) 1999

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

facilities.

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''.

x) 2011

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

established.

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.

CLOSING

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

survival.

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

prosperity.

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.

Thank you.

-- BERNAMA

JS MAM FR MGN SHY

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