"I AM VERY impressed and proud of the policy speech of Najib, which certainly raised the morale and spirit of the delegates as well as party members," said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Aman on the Umno President's, policy speech at the 66th General Assembly at Putra World Trade Centre.
Musa, who is also the Sabah Umno Chief, urged all party members to heed Najib's speech and not to rest on their laurels but to redouble their efforts in preparation for the coming 13th General Election. He said Najib's call for the members to be vigilant and be thoroughly prepared for the election was timely as this will indeed be an extraordinary national election.
Also the Sabah Barisan National (BN) Chairman, Musa called on BN component parties to rally behind the leadership and work together to secure a resounding triumph for BN. He said all component parties of BN must close ranks not only to score victory for their respective parties, but also to be united in securing a resounding BN victory in the election."
The 2012 UMNO general assembly was attended by 2973 Umno delegates from across the country. According to Musa, Sabah Umno sent the largest number of delegates to the assembly this year.
He also said Sabah Umno also has the highest number of party members in the country and he cited the Libaran division as having the most number of party members among all the branches in the State as a result of the initiatives and hard work of the members in the division.
Meanwhile, Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) President Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan deemed Najib's policy speech as all-inclusive as regards communities.
Pairin, who is also the Deputy Chief Minister, said of Najib's speech, "He conveyed a strong reminder to the people to vote wisely, stressing that he did not want any negative impacts that would jeopardise the future of the people and the next generations."
The PBS party president also specifically underscored the importance of being sincere among members in the coalition, a point which Najib strongly stressed in his speech.
Ranau Umno division head, Datuk Masidi Manjun took particular note of Najib's point about the involvement of the younger generation in the 13th general election. He agreed whole-heartedly that young people should be groomed and given a chance to become leaders, as this would be a rejuvenation process for the party.
However, he called on young voters in Sabah not to let their emotions be a determining factor in how they vote, but instead be broad-minded when assessing any issue and have due regard for the long-term impact of their decision. (Insight Sabah)