KUALA LUMPUR — December 10, 2015: Datuk Seri Najib Razak today spoke about how he often had to make decisions with a heavy heart, all for the sake of Umno’s survival and interests.
Among the tough decisions the Umno president had to make included the Cabinet reshuffle a few months ago.
In his speech themed “Umno: Perfecting a struggle” at the opening of party’s general assembly at the Putra World Trade Centre, Najib spoke of the dilemma he often had to deal with.
“Almost all the time, I am faced with various dilemma and have no choice, in fact, forced to make decisions which are harsh but for the sake of the party’s interests, after consultations and agreed to by the Umno supreme council.”
He went on about how if decisions had to be made based on friendship, it would have been impossible for him to make the painful decisions.
“But as the English proverb says, if you wish to please everybody, you will end up pleasing no one.”
Last July 28, Najib announced a Cabinet reshuffle which saw Umno deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin dropped as deputy prime minister and replaced by Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi. Party vice-president Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal was also dropped from the Cabinet.
Other important points in his speech:
1MDB — Najib is confident the company’s rationalisation plan, which is nearing completion, will proceed smoothly. In this regard, the sale of Edra Global Energy has helped reduce 1MDB’s debts by RM17 billion.
(On November 23, 1MDB, Edra and its subsidiary signed a sale and purchase agreement with the CGN Group, which had entered into a consortium with Qatar Nebras Power, to sell 100 per cent equity in the power asset company. CGN will pay cash RM9.83 billion for the acquisition and take over debts amounting to almost RM8 billion.)
Political donation of RM2.6 billion — Najib reiterated that the money came from donations from overseas and did not originate from 1MDB.
“I have also explained this in detail during the presidential briefing on Tuesday. What’s important, I believe, is I am on the right path and the truth will prevail.”
Umno & the Malays — The party is the Malays’ best hope in improving their standard of living.
“We are never apologetic in defending the Bumiputra agenda,” said Najib, while pledging to stoically continue leading the noble struggle of looking after the Malays and Bumiputras.
He spoke about how Malaysia had recorded history when members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement accepted and recognised the Bumiputra policy as part of the terms of the trade pact at the global level.
Said Najib: “Umno’s initiatives have changed the landscape of the lives of the Malays and Bumiputeras for the better. The children of labourers have become ministers, children of rubber tappers have become deputy ministers and chief ministers, children of fishermen have become mentri besar, and children of farmers and smallholders have become secretaries-general, corporate figures and community leaders.”
He cited the case of someone who had a tough beginning but later made it to the top of the civil service.
“I was touched when told how tough his life was when he was growing up. There were days where he had gulai kembung for his meal and the next
day, only had the gravy (with rice). But now, Alhamdulillah the public servant I have just mentioned is the chief secretary to the government.”
Ties with Pas — Najib offered to foster closer ties with Pas to together build the nation in accordance with Islamic doctrine.
Najib spoke of how happy he was when PAS left out of the opposition pact by its allies.
“So, we in Umno feel relieved, and in fact happy that PAS is now not with these opposition parties anymore.
“With an open heart and free spirit, we offer the ties and bond of relationship towards the ideal in building Malaysia based on the Islamic doctrine.”
National deficit — Malaysia’s deficit could have risen to 4.8 per cent from 3.1 per cent if the Goods and Sales Tax had not been implemented this year.
Ringgit’s depreciation — Najib attributed the decline to external factors and not failure by the government to manage the economy. — Bernama