IPOH, Nov 13 (Bernama) — Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak wants Umno members to return to the basic value of prioritising the party’s struggle if they really want Umno to be strong again and redeem its dismal showing in the last general election.
“We need to return to our original struggle…the party is more important than personal interests,” he said when opening the Umno Veterans’ 2nd general assembly, here, tonight.
The Umno deputy president said for Umno to restore its might and redeem its failures, Umno must rebuild its respectable image.
“There’s no point in winning the divisional top posts but we lose the parliamentary and state seats. So, we must struggle for the party with honesty and sincerity.”
He said the values and spirit of the Umno veterans should be emulated and passed on to future generations.
“In the old days, Umno members were willing to sacrifice anything for the party while personal interests were set aside. There was no such thing as ‘salam kosong’ (empty greetings) or ‘salam berisi’ (filled greetings). There was only ‘salam perjuangan’ (greetings for party’s struggle),” he said followed by thunderous applause from the more than 200 delegates present.
He said the Umno members of the early days would sacrifice their energy and possessions for the party’s struggle, and such noble values must be put into practice by the present generation for continuity of the party’s struggle.
Najib said the role of the Umno veterans should not be sidelined and they should never be regarded as a spent force or no longer useful.
“They are a group that can lend strength to the party as they still have the fighting spirit in them.
“It does not mean that if your’e in your 30’s, you’re all energised and fired up for the party if there is no genuine spirit in you,” he said.
Also present were the chairman of Umno Malaysia Veterans Tan Sri Tajudin Ali and party vice-presidents Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam.