May 11, 2013
UMNO needs comprehensive and radial transformation, says Muhyiddin
He said for UMNO to become a more dynamic, inclusive, visionary and sacred Malay-Muslim political party, it should be more universal in its struggle without forgetting the objectives of its establishment.
Hence, he said middle class and young Malays whose outlook and thoughts were different from that of the earlier generation, who laid the foundation and shaped UMNO’s direction, should be reached and engaged.
“The middle class Malays, who are urban dwellers, are the pillar of UMNO’s new strength. By getting closer to them, the party will get an injection of new spirit and ideas to further strengthen its struggle through the passage of time,” he said in a message in conjunction with UMNO’s 67th anniversary celebration here, tonight.
Muhyiddin said to ensure that the rejuvenation process in UMNO would evolve faster, more opportunities should be provided to the younger generation, professionals and middle class Malays to be more active in the party.
He said not only their entry into UMNO should be welcomed, they should also be prepared for bigger roles and eventually lead the party in future.
Muhyiddin also stressed the need for Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties to spearhead a larger process of change to ensure they were accepted by all races in the country.
“They need to be more sensitive in building a more cohesive party and strategic cooperation with UMNO to ensure that the BN would get stronger support from the people.”
As BN Director of Election, Muhyiddin registered his appreciation to all BN machinery and party supporters, who worked tirelessly to ensure UMNO and BN’s victory in the just concluded 13th general election (GE13).
Muhyiddin said the next five years before the 14th general election would be crucial for UMNO to determine its survival as a sacred Malay party.
“In this short space of time, each level of the UMNO leadership at the national, state, divisions and branches have to do self-reflection and take corrective actions to ensure that UMNO will continue to uphold its struggle to protect the religion, people and our beloved country,” he said.
He also urged UMNO members to remain loyal to and support Najib to enable him to lead the country and the party. – Bernama