(FILE PIC) Party vice-president Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said Umno could not afford to be complacent just because the opposition had been beleaguered by disunity. NSTP PIC by MOHD AZREN JAMALUDIN.

UMNO needs to continue building on its strength, in preparation for the next General Election.

Party vice-president Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said Umno could not afford to be complacent just because the opposition had been beleaguered by disunity.

“I just came back from Semberong, Johor for several Umno branch meetings and I reminded them on the need to strengthen the party.

“The opposition parties are neither sincere nor consistent ... They will do anything they deem necessary to achieve their goals,” he said, adding that the opposition only prioritised their personal interest or those of certain groups.

Hishammuddin was speaking to reporters after officiating the Institut Onn Ja'afar (IOJ) Malaysians United Run (MUR) 2017 campaign, at University Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) today.

Hishammuddin who is also the IOJ patron said positive values must be instilled in youth, as they were the country’s future movers and shakers.

He expressed hope that the institution would be able to promote to the masses and the global community that the majority of Malaysian youths possessed strong moral values.

He said programmes aimed for nation-building such as the MUR, must be promoted as politics, religion, and race had no place in them.

“The vision of Datuk Onn Ja’afar is still relevant today as he was a champion of unity. As his grandson, I play an important role in continuing his legacy.

“It is not easy to execute this in the digital world where new methods, such as the social media, is used to instigate and sow hatred,” he said.

At the event, Hishammuddin announced that he would sponsor one of the beneficiaries of MUR, Siti Nor Hawa Ramli, 38, to perform the Umrah with her two sons.

Siti Nor Hawa is of 50 beneficiaries from poor and underprivileged families, who would receive financial assistance from IOJ through funds raised from run.

Participants of the biennial event will be flagged off from Dataran Merdeka on Nov 18.

Some 40,000 runners from 62 public and private universities across the country are expected to join the run.

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