Regroup for coming polls battle, Najib tells Umno
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 14 — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today reminded all Umno wings to work together to consolidate the party to face the next general election.
Najib, who is also Umno president, said every wing, including Wanita Umno, Umno Youth and Puteri Umno, had an important role to play in ensuring Umno’s continuity as a competent party.
“We value greatly the services and contributions of every Umno wing. If all play their roles, I believe we can implement the inclusive and effective policies covering all groups of society.
“If we can really understand them (the people), we can bring ourselves and the party close to the people from all groups,” he said at the Aidilfitri open house of Wanita Umno, Umno Youth and Puteri Umno at the Putra World Trade Centre, here.
Also present were Najib’s wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, Deputy Prime Minister and Umno deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, and his wife, Puan Sri Noorainee Abdul Rahman, Wanita Umno chief Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil, Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin and Puteri Umno chief Datuk Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin.
Najib said all Umno wings should be the agents of change so that they could remain relevant to society in keeping with the times, but stressed that every change demanded strong proposals and answers.
Citing the unrest in northern Africa, the Middle East and several European countries, the prime minister said change, such as changing the administrative structure or government, did not necessarily result in something better.
“If we can bring about that change, then we will be able to garner the undivided support of all quarters for the sake of the country’s future,” he said.
“Although today we are confronted with a more challenging world of politics, Umno and the Barisan Nasional (BN) can show the people that we are the best parties for them,” he said.
Najib said Umno and the BN had proven at all times that change did not necessarily mean rejecting the ruling party or existing structure of administration. — Bernama