Umno AGM: Najib holds pre-GE briefing for delegates


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  • Wednesday, 30 Nov 2016

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THE speech by Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak at a closed-door briefing for delegates appears to be a pre-general-election address, said Umno supreme council member Datuk Seri Azalina Ot­h­man Said.

“I see it as mental and physical preparation for members. Most im­­portantly, he said that the strength of the party is everything,” she said.

Another supreme council member, Datuk Abdul Rahman Dah­lan, said Najib steered the delegates’ attention to the next general election, identifying DAP as the main enemy that Umno should defeat.

The Umno president did not pin a date for the GE but spoke at length on the importance for Umno and Barisan Nasional to retain power and ensure that everyone under the Malaysian sun would be taken care of.

He said Najib also spoke of how issues that DAP championed would affect the country, citing the example of a secular Malaysia.

“He explained that this would mean the country would have no official religion. And equality for everyone effectively means that there will be no privileges for bumiputras,” said Rahman.

Umno and Barisan Nasional would protect the interests of Ma­­lays and bumiputras but were also committed to ensuring the rights of other races were not overlooked, he said, recounting Najib’s words.

Rahman said Najib wanted members to know that the GE was not about Umno versus Tun Dr Maha­thir Moha­­mad.

“He made it very clear that it is going to be about Umno and DAP.”

Umno Youth chief Khairy Ja­­ma­luddin said: “We don’t know when the GE will be called but the war drums have been sounded.”


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