YOUNGER Malaysians are grateful for the changes and modernisation brought by Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad during his tenure as Umno president and Prime Minister, said Umno Youth chief Datuk Hishammuddin Hussein.
“His contributions, service and sacrifice are invaluable. There is no statement that can express our appreciation and thanks.
“For us, the younger generation, it is more rational, better and timely if our feelings and speech are manifested in a pledge of commitment to continue the party’s struggle for the betterment of the race, Islam and the country’s good name,” he said in his motion of thanks on the president’s speech.
Hishammuddin listed among the changes brought about by Dr Mahathir the introduction of name cards and the “punch card” system for civil servants besides infrastructure development and heavy industrial projects.
These, he added, increased the spirit of citizenship and proved that Malaysians, specifically Malays, were given the chance to succeed and compete with other races in the world.
“Dr Mahathir has held steadfast to the free economy philosophy to ensure peace and happiness of the rakyat and country, and did not give in to currency speculators, the World Bank or the IMF (International Monetary Fund),” he added, saying that Dr Mahathir had the soul of a patriot, was an excellent statesman, a “prince” of his race and a national hero.
Third speaker Wanita chief Datuk Seri Rafidah Aziz said it was Dr Mahathir’s wisdom, albeit through an unconventional approach, that had steered the country through the 1997 financial crisis.
“Your idea for the setting up of the East Asian Economic Community has materialised.
“The list of your contributions to Malaysia is long and immeasurable and no words can explain how much in debt we are to you.
“You are an institution to Malaysia, sir. Thank you, sir,” she said.
Rafidah also paid tribute to Datin Seri Dr Siti Hasmah Mohamad Ali for taking good care of Dr Mahathir.
“Thank you very much Kak Hasmah because you have taken good care of Dr Mahathir, which has enabled him to lead us to where we are today.
“In reality, you are the woman who has been beside a great and wonderful leader and not behind him. Thank you once again, Kak Hasmah,” she said.
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