Posted by Joe marican
Saturday, 14 June 2008
KOTA BARU, June 14 ─ Echoing the sentiment expressed by his deputy, Umno president Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said last night he would not do anything that could harm the party.
“I will not let Umno be divided. In the north (of Peninsular Malaysia), Umno was founded by my father and grandfather,” he said at a dinner in conjunction with his one-day visit to Kelantan.
Datuk Seri Najib Razak told reporters in London on Thursday that he was a “true Umno man” who would not risk destroying the party his father built.
Najib also said he would not challenge Abdullah for the Umno president’s post and as he believed in “the traditional way of leadership transition”.
Abdullah said, like his deputy, he would not do anything that could split the party.
He said despite the results of the March 8 general election, Umno’s strength remained intact.
“I’m saddened by the election results but we still have the energy. We are still strong,” he said, adding that party members should not be disheartened by the results.
“Umno has gone through various trials and tribulations even before independence but thank God, Umno is still strong because we have the fighters who are ready to defend the race and country,” he said.
“I’m committed to restoring Umno,” he said. ─ Bernama/The Malaysian Insider