PETALING JAYA: Umno must find ways to become the leading party and head the Federal Government once again, says Datuk Seri Najib Razak (pic).
The former Umno president said the party must first have a winning mentality, followed by a clear planning and implementation in order to lead again the federal government.
"Umno is not formed to become a second fiddle or merely to be a supporting party,
"And what more to become just an opposition party.
"Umno was formed to become the leading party. We are here to lead, not to be led," he said in his speech at the Pekan division meeting which was shown live on his Facebook page on Sunday (Jan 3).
He said that Umno risks losing its popularity and the support from the rakyat if it remains this way.
"We must realise that since the inception of Umno, we are always the leading party.
"If we take what is happening to us in the last nine months as a new norm or a new reality, it will actually silently kill Umno.
"We will remain as just a mere component to the government coalition, despite playing a big role to support the current government.
"However, we are still seen being treated as 'an adopted child'. So, we shall wait for the end of Umno," added the former prime minister.
Najib warned Umno delegates that they must get out of the "vicious cycle" of lack of confidence in order to rebuild the party.
"We not only need a winning mentality, but also materialised a winning mentality for our strategies at all levels," he said.
He lamented that Umno no longer holds key Cabinet positions although the party helped the government to remain in power.
"Main Cabinet positions such as the Finance Minister post or related to the economy are not held by Umno ministers.
"Any kind of success by the government will be given credit to others, while when there are any failures, it will be a collective one," he said.
Despite saying that Umno has "hit the rock bottom', the former Umno president said that the party needed new strength and not to remain in a political limbo.
"The 14th General Election showed that the majority of Malays still favour us, and no other Malay-based party can compete with us in terms of parliamentary seats," said the Pekan MP.
He also chided those who had jumped party from Umno after winning their seats based on the party ticket and using Umno's machinery.
"Our biggest challenge after 2018, is that the 'frog culture' has become part of Umno.
"They won on Umno tickets based on the support from our members, and our machinery, but because of self-interest, and they even 'kicked' us while we were down.
"Now they want us to help and support them to retain their seat," he added.
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