JASIN, Aug 19 2017 : Umno must return to the formula of past struggles, which was based on patience and sincerity to ensure that the party remains relevant and strong, said Umno Supreme Council member Datuk Seri Johari Abdul Ghani.
He said the leaders of today have a formidable task of not only continuing and appreciating the struggles of past leaders who were willing to sacrifice for the sake of the party, but also to ensure that Umno remained in power and could be inherited by generations to come.
“At the same time, Umno as the backbone of the Barisan Nasional, must ensure that the other component parties have the support of Umno members,” he told reporters after opening the Jasin Umno division delegates conference here today.
“With the support, only then will Umno be able to attain actual strength and will not be threatened by other parties.
“However, if we change the formula by just focusing on Umno’s interests then the party’s strength will be affected,” he said.
Meanwhile, Johari, who is also the Second Finance Minister urged government-linked companies (GLCs) which have benefited from government projects to continue helping bumiputera companies.
He said most of the GLC companies had embarked on the vendor development scheme to assist bumiputera vendors increase their capabilities and competitiveness but these initiatives should be expanded further.
“I do not want them (GLCs) to just talk about helping bumiputera companies before getting government projects. Instead they must distribute the project to other bumiputera vendors,” he said. – Bernama