HARSH REALITY FOR NAJIB – THE REAL DESTROYER OF UMNO: WE CAN BE BURIED AT OUR BIRTHPLACE AT NEXT GE – KHALED
JOHOR BARU – Umno is facing the worst-ever battle in its history in the next general election (GE) and unless it is ready, the party may lose power, said Johor Umno chairman Datuk Mohamed Khaled Nordin.
Saying this in the run-up to the Umno annual general meeting next week, Mohamed Khaled warned that if the party failed to start preparing to face the GE from now on, it could spell doom for the party.
“The next GE is a do or die battle for Umno and, like it or not, we have to accept the challenges that come with the changes in the country’s political landscape,” he said yesterday.
Mohamed Khaled, who is also the mentri besar, said this at the opening of Johor Umno Veterans annual general meeting attended by some 300 veterans from the state.
He said the party should not take things lightly due to the on-going political situation in the country, including the people’s perception of Umno and Barisan Nasional.
“We are now continuously facing challenges and the party must be fully prepared to overcome the situation to win the people’s confidence and trust,” he added.
Mohamed Khaled said the party, which was founded at the steps of Istana Besar here, must remain relevant not only to the Malays but also to the non-Malays and the future generation.
“We don’t want to see Umno buried at its birthplace here. Party members must close ranks, put aside their differences and work together to ensure the party stays in power,” he said.
He said voters chose Umno and Barisan not because they were influenced by sentimental factors but based on the party’s and the coalition’s ability to deliver their promises to the people.
Mohamed Khaled, who is also state Barisan chairman, said Umno must take the proactive measures in empowering and championing Islam but the party should not follow what was being done by PAS.
Later, at the Johor myPPP convention, Mohamed Khaled said all policies, programmes and activities implemented by Barisan were tailored to benefit all Malaysians.
He said Barisan was open to views, opinions and even criticism from the people as the feedback from them was important to ensure the well-being of Malaysians.