president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
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, Saturday night.
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
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 Barisan machinery and party
supporters, who worked tirelessly to ensure Umno and BN's victory in the
just concluded 13th general election (GE13).
He said in GE13,
Umno's position became much stronger as it increased the number of
parliamentary seats to 79 and state seats to 241 compared to 79 and 238
seats respectively in the 2008 general election, apart from wresting
Kedah from the opposition.
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.