ALOR STAR, Oct 10 (Bernama) — Umno deputy president Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak on Friday reminded all party members and delegates to think of Umno’s future in choosing the candidates who would become their leaders.
He said it was now the season for the election of leaders at the branch, divisional and national level and they should not choose candidates based on personality.
“Remember the advice of the elders, think of the future when you want to do things. It is also the same when it comes to choosing leaders, pick the best for the future of the party,” he said at a Gathering With Heads of Federal Departments and Community Leaders organised by the State Umno Liaison Body, here.
Najib, who is also the Deputy Prime Minister, said Umno was now at a crossroad and everyone must undertake soul-searching and evaluate themselves in a serious and sincere manner.
“Identify the factors for our loss and our poor achievements at the national level in the last general election,” he said.
Najib said he understood and respected the rights of Umno members to fulfil the people’s trust and practise democratic principles in electing leaders but what was more important was that they should make Umno as the most important party that represented the voice of the people.
“If Umno no longer remains as the party that represents the people’s voice, we would be rejected by the people and we know how it feels when the people abandon us,” he said.
Every party member should take the 12th general election in March as a lesson although it was a ‘bitter pill to swallow’, but Umno must recover and win the 13th general election, he said.
“Nothing can make me happier than to see Kedah being under the BN (Barisan Nasional) again,” he said. Najib also advised Umno members against forming cliques.
“For the victors, don’t discard the losers. Retain the losers too so that the party remains strong, and to me, there are no cliques in Umno. There is no such thing as ‘whose man so and so is’, what is important is that we are Umno people,” he said.
He said what was more important was not to sabotage other people and the party because those who practised this would face the consequences.
“There’s a difference between being an Umno member and an ‘Umno man’, and I hope that we are all Umno men,” he said.
The Deputy Prime Minister said he would fully support the intention of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to continue to make changes in the government.
Najib said what had been done by Abdullah was to make a change to the leadership of the new generation and because of this, the Prime Minister had provided the best way for him to be the successor.
He said that if it was fated that he became the number one leader, he would carry out his responsibility in the best manner and described it as a heavy responsibility.
“I still remember Pak Lah’s (Abdullah’s) advice to me, that is, there is a difference between being a minister and a deputy prime minister, and the difference is even much more between a deputy prime minister and the prime minister,” he added.
Source : Bernama