KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 1 – Datuk Seri Najib Razak said it was time Selangor Umno came to terms it was the opposition party in the state and realise it needs new strategies to regain power. To achieve this, change was at the centre of it all, the Umno president said in his speech at the 2014 Selangor Umno convention here at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC).
Themed “Bersama Melaksanakan Transformasi” (Together in Achieving Transformation), Najib said the party had to open its eyes to three “reality checks”. The first was that they were defeated twice in the last two general elections. “Secondly, Selangor is a strategic state for Umno and BN and to the Federal Government.
“The value of the economy, trade and higher institutions of learning are hard to keep away from the Federal Territory and Putrajaya,” he told Umno members present who applauded in agreement. The third realisation that needed priority was the semi urban and urban population of which ensured the fate of the 56 state assembly seats.
Highlighting the needs of these two groups, Najib explained that compared to the rural population, these groups longed for economic development. The rural population, he noted, wanted basic necessities like mosques, surau and water supply, apart from development. That was why, Najib said one must ask if Umno did more of the same thing as it had done so in the past, would the party see a different outcome
“If we do the same thing, our chances will decrease. “We need to think outside the box, we need a different mindset,” the Prime Minister said. Najib said it was also necessary to face the humiliation that Umno was the opposition party in the state, if it meant Umno could win. He admitted that Umno was lagging behind and their performance was not good anymore, pointing out that they had not been able to rope in more members.
“Let’s not yield high returns at high costs. We want low costs with high returns. We have to accept that we don’t have Selangor but I don’t see why we cannot regain Selangor,” He then took a swipe at opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim by chiding the latter’s party’s claim of democracy. “They talk of democracy, but place more importance on the wife. Look at the so-called Kajang Move.
“They also asked the Menteri Besar to resign, resulting in Selangorians getting bored with them.” The Kajang move was the strategy dubbed to pave the way for Anwar to replace Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim as the Menteri Besar. Anwar was, however, disqualified from the contest after the Court of Appeal overturned his acquittal for sodomising his aide in 2008. His wife, Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail was later elected the Kajang state assemblyman.