By FARIK ZOLKEPLI
KUALA LUMPUR: Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi issued a battle cry Saturday for party members at all levels to be ready for the relentless onslaught of the Opposition as the general election draws nearer.
He called on the party machinery to wage battles strategically at multiple platforms, especially in the cyber world.
“I hope our media troopers brothers are under one banner and on the same wavelength.
“At the same time, I hope party members appreciate the contribution of the media troopers,” he said in his winding up speech during the Umno general assembly here.
He added that members should follow the good example of party president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who is a blogger and Facebook user.
“Waging battles online is a must as the party needs to adapt to the change of times,” he said.
Dr Ahmad Zahid said the party and government under Najib’s leadership had contributed a lot to the country.
“His contributions have also earned him and the country recognition internationally.
“The best example is Malaysia’s role in moderating the Philippines-Bangsamoro peace talks and Palestine being accepted as a United Nations non-member state,” he said adding that both successes were possible based on the diligence of Najib and the Government.
He also reminded members not to rest on their laurels despite a recent study recently which indicated that 74.2% were satisfied with the Barisan Nasional government under the Prime Minister.
Dr Ahmad Zahid also warned the Opposition not to belittle the role of the Armed Forces.
“If the Armed Forces are disbanded (if Opposition) takes over…they will still defended the institution of the Malay Rulers.
“Appreciate the Armed Forces…even if you don’t thank them, do not belittle them,” he said.
He also saved the best poem for last, earning thunderous applause and laughter from the audience, saying “Shafie Lanun, Hishamuddin Turki, Jawa Keturunan ampunya diri, mari kita perkukuhkan parti untuk kemenangan pru nanti”. (Let us strengthen the party for a victory during the general election).