UMNO must remain strong for the country to progress and to ensure Islam is upheld, says Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil.
In making the call, the Wanita Umno chief said the Malays could not depend on PAS, PKR or DAP to protect Islam and the Malays.
She urged the movement to continue placing its trust on Umno, pointing out that threats against the religion and race were getting more challenging.
“Believe me. Without Umno, the religion and race are at stake,” Shahrizat said. “Who else can we depend on to protect Islam and the Malays in this country? Can we depend on PAS? Can we depend on PKR, DAP or the Pakatan Rakyat? The answer is certainly no,” she said in her policy speech.
Shahrizat reminded members not to be complacent as the challenges ahead were greater, adding that for the sake of the country's future, one could not depend on the Opposition.
She hit out at PAS, saying that instead of upholding the religious way of engaging in politics and with the community, the party was far from following the Islamic ways.
The Wanita chief also reminded delegates that winning the next general election would not come free, adding that the movement members had worked hard to win the hearts and trust of voters resulting in an improved “mood” towards Barisan Nasional.
“It is my resolve to see more women in politics, just as how I had fought for women in the public and the private sector,” she said. “For the coming general election, I urge the party president to increase the number of female candidates.”
In her winding up speech, Sharizat lambasted certain online news portals for being unfair and irresponsible.
“If you want to fight for democracy through the media, you must be fair to everybody, even if you are a pro-opposition portal.”
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