Leaders pay tribute to outgoing chief

  • Nation
  • Friday, 20 Jun 2003

Vice-president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak 

“The president’s speech was sincere and brilliant. He leaves the party with a strong standing. 

“He has given sound advice to party members and, if we abide by it, the party will continue to be a strong backbone to the ruling Government.” 

”Loyalty should be given to the party and not the leader. If the leadership changes, it is our responsibility to support him.” 

“Members should sacrifice their self-interest for the party’s success.” 


Vice-president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin  

“The president’s most important reminder is for the party, at all times, to uphold its principles, and for the members to be loyal and not do anything that will destroy the party 

“They should not place self-interest above the party and avoid acts of sabotage against chosen candidates. 

“He reminded us about the threats in front us at the international level, including the global system implemented by the super powers, as what is happening in many Islamic countries.” 


Vice-president Tan Sri Muhammad Muhammad Taib  

“He stressed on the need to be loyal to the party and to strengthen it, so that Umno will continue to be as strong as it was in 1946, when it was set up to fight for independence. 

“He wants us to build a mountain and that can be done with a strong party.  

“Dr Mahathir realises the party is 57 years old. An “old party” has its problems, like people stepping on others to move up. 


Wanita Umno chief Datuk Rafidah Aziz 

“The Prime Minister has always given us his advice but he needed to advise us again because the election is around the corner. 

“We don’t want the party to be affected by Umno members who, when they are unhappy with the (chosen) candidates will sabotage the party. 

“Wanita supports Dr Mahathir’s call because Wanita works to win the hearts of the grassroots. 

“If Umno loses, it cannot defend the fate of the Muslims as well as the country. That is why we agree that we musn’t have thorns in the flesh.” 


Umno Youth chief Datuk Hishammuddin Hussein  

“The movement would not forget the advice of Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad. 

He is obviously concerned about the party and the Malays. He showed this through his dedication and honesty. We have to double our efforts to ensure he is not disappointed. 

He also wants us to realise our struggle is not only for Umno and the Malays but other races too.” 


Secretary-general Tan Sri Khalil Yaacob 

“His message is very clear. He wants us to embrace the principles of collaborative responsibility. This is something which all leaders should have if they want to take over (from current leaders). 

“The speech was very fitting. It was a good finale and specially addressed to Umno members. It gives hope of the future leaders who will be taking over the fort. 


Supreme council member, Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Othman 

“We see in previous elections, it was not because of the strength of the opposition (that Umno suffered losses), but the internal problems in Umno, when supporters did not back candidates chosen by the party. 


Supreme council member Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah 

“This is not the first time that there is a leadership transition in the party but it is a smooth transition. 

“I am not sure if the party should have stricter election ethics. But present procedures have been running smoothly.  

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