KUALA TERENGGANU, Oct 9 (Bernama) — Umno leaders must not think too much of their position in the party, but to really understand the aspirations and needs of the people so that the party would remain relevant, said party deputy president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
He said the world had changed a lot, so Umno too must change as a party that was a pillar of strength for the Malays in order for it to remain in power.
“Umno must be the mirror and voice of the people. So, our only goal must not be winning party positions. If we win the division’s top post, it does not mean our struggle ends there or we are in a comfort zone.
“Like I’ve told the Kelantan Umno leaders that they needed to seriously do something to wrest the state back from the opposition,” he said at a Hari Raya gathering with the Terengganu Umno Liaison Committee and community leaders, here today.
“In Terengganu, we also had a bitter experience of being the opposition. When Umno lost the state then, the Terengganu Umno leaders appeared so dejected. This should be a lesson for us as the world around us is dynamic and constantly changing.
“We need to know the people’s aspirations and effect changes so that they are happy with us … we too will feel good,” he added.
Najib, who was accompanied by his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, arrived here this morning on a one-day working visit to Terengganu.
Also present at the Raya function were Menteri Besar and state Umno liaison chief Datuk Ahmad Said and International Trade and Industry Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also an Umno vice-president.
Najib said all Umno leaders, whether at the state or divisional level, should be humble and people-friendly. “Village folk are not difficult to please … they just want us, as politicians, to be approachable always. When we are in our car, we cannot fall asleep as we won’t be able to wave back at them, otherwise they could feel hurt,” he elaborated.
Najib said the 12th general election was a bitter experience for Umno and Barisan Nasional (BN) when it lost five states to the opposition.
“We realise this is a big challenge as Umno is still the yardstick for the country’s politics. Although not as strong as before, Umno’s leadership in BN is still looked up to.
“People look at how Umno resolves its leadership problems. If it can solve these problems, they would have more respect for Umno,” he said.
Source : Bernama