KUALA LUMPUR, (Bernama) — Umno members were reminded not to be too eager chasing party posts to the extent of neglecting the party’s struggles.Party deputy president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said winning party posts would not necessarily guarantee victory in the general election.
“I do not deny that a party position is important, but it should be a catalyst to bring success to the country, and this is a trust,” he said when opening a leadership course for the Umno Overseas Club, here, tonight.
Najib, who is also deputy prime minister, said one’s position in the party should be a platform for looking after the interests of the people and to pass on the party’s message to groups outside Umno that they should support the party.
“I’m aware that if we are popular in Umno, it does not mean that we are also popular among the people. It also does not mean that we can win a by-election.
We must be popular in Umno as well as among the voters and the people at large.
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“What’s the use of having a party post if the party has no power or is not the ruling government?” he said.
Najib said the disease in Umno like sabotage to foil others’ plan to hold a position had caused some party members to switch to the opposition as they were not given an opportunity to be part of the party leadership.
“Why then should we place such a high value on a party position when we should see it as a means to struggle for the well-being of the people?” he said.
Najib said the process of opening up the minds of Umno members was needed as time changed while Umno must continue to be relevant. “Improvements and changes to Umno must be done, otherwise Umno will be seen as static and uninteresting to the people,” he added.
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Najib also urged the younger generation in Umno to play an important role in making the party relevant to current demands, besides restoring Umno’s spirit for the sake of the people’s well-being.
“In its early days, Umno fought against the Malayan Union, for independence, over language and rural development issues, and for restructuring of society as well as over issues close to the hearts of the Malays and Malaysians which made Umno a champion.
“The message and explanations over whatever issue must not be limited to Umno members but should reach groups outside the party,” he said. Also present were Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam, secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor and Umno Overseas Club chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal.
Source : Bernama