PEKAN: UMNO leaders from all levels must explain to the people the benefits of the country’s significant economic growth.
In making the call following the country’s 6.4 per cent growth recorded in the second quarter of the year, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said the success would positively impact the people as it would, among others, create new jobs in the private and public sectors.
“There are those who claim that they do not feel the effects (of the growth). We must explain to them that when the economy grows, we will have more revenue and jobs for the people,” he said when opening his Pekan Umno division delegates' meeting here yesterday.
Najib said the economic growth recorded by Malaysia in the second quarter was the highest among Asean countries, surpassing Singapore (2.4 per cent) and Indonesia (5.1 per cent).
Najib, who is also Umno president, said the party would stay true to its main struggle as espoused during its establishment in 1946 to make the country prosperous and respected.
“If our country is well developed, the people will succeed and earn respect from others. We will also have higher bargaining power and other countries, including the super powers and stateless rebels, will look up to us.”
He reminded the people against taking things for granted as, unlike Malaysia, not many countries could provide various services at nominal rates. These, he said, included paying only RM1 for outpatient treatment and RM5 for specialist consultation at government hospitals.
“Many of us take things for granted as such services are already readily available. Our services are actually much better than other countries, including that of some developed nations.”
Najib, who is also Pekan Umno division chief, said the party would have a bleak future if its members were careless and preferred to syok sendiri (be self-indulgent).
He said party members must continue working hard and strengthen unity if they wanted Umno and Barisan Nasional to win in the next general election.
Present were Najib’s wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, and state Umno liaison committee deputy chairman Datuk Mohd Sharkar Shamsudin.