MUAR – All UMNO members are reminded to continue to uphold the fighting spirit of the party since it was founded in 1946 to boost UMNO, said party president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
Najib, who is also the Prime Minister said if UMNO slackened and failed to uphold the party’s struggle for the race and religion, the party would eventually become weak.
“The strength of the party is the fighting spirit of members and this is what I want to emphasize to strengthen and toughen the party.
“UMNO was not born by the roadside, UMNO was not born by the hillside but was founded at Johor Istana Besar in 1946,” he said when opening Muar UMNO building here Sunday.
Also present were Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin, Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron, UMNO Information chief Datuk Ahmad Maslan and Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department and Muar UMNO division head Datuk Razali Ibrahim.
Najib said UMNO’s struggle had been a chequered one, giving the party great stature and honour.
He said the success of the people was a result of the party which never stopped working for the people and nation.
He said he had met many people who were successful in their careers and attributed their success to the efforts of the party and the present government.
“This is because this is UMNO’s struggle and because it was born in this palace which had served the nation,” he said.
The Prime Minister said what was important was that the party and government want to take the people to a higher level and that is why the people must support it to realise the objective.
He said the results were from a sacred struggle which did not take the wrong route.
“Be a dredger which serves and not a sinking ship which will destroy everything,” he said.
He added that each leader would want to take the people and nation to a better place and not destroy everything which had been built.
“Each leader who takes over will always want to take everything from one level to a better level,” he said.
Najib also reminded all parties that UMNO was not a racist party but believed in the concept of power sharing to govern the nation. “We believe in the concept of power-sharing and it is still being strongly upheld by UMNO,” he said.
He said that was also why other races needed to respect UMNO because otherwise it could create a bad situation for the country.
“We have never played the race card but do not insult the Malays. Do not shred the pride of the Malays, but the Malays will always be fair to the non-Malays,” he said.
Commenting on the Himpunan Melayu Bersatu 16 September rally recently, Najib said it was a rally to declare support for the existing government and it was not wrong to organise it.
“During the rally, there were no posters to incite hatred of other races, no posters of bloody kris, and this means it was a rally to support the government,” he said.