Nov 4, 2006

Najib Advises Delegates To Umno Assembly To Avoid Making Personal Attacks

PEKAN, Nov 4 (Bernama) -- Deputy Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak Saturday said that delegates making speeches or participating in debates at the coming Umno General Assembly should avoid making personal attacks or deride any individual.

The Deputy Prime Minister said three motions that would be focused on at the assembly would be the motion of thanks for the president's opening speech, on the economy and education and religion and social-welfare.

"Personal matters should be avoided but policies and other matters can be deliberated. The permanent chairman will check any attempt to character assassinate anyone," he told reporters at the Pekan parliamentary constituency Hari Raya open house in Dataran Pekan, here.

Najib, who is also the Member of Parliament for the constituency, said the delegates were also free to raise any motion at the assembly.

"This is up to the wisdom of the Umno liaison committee of the state he or she is from," he said.

"As in all previous Umno General Assemblies, the emphasis will be on the policy speech by the president (Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi) and this speech will the main theme the debators will speak on at the assembly this time," he said.

Najib said Umno vice president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yasin had been given the responsibility to chair the sub-committee on the motions to be debated.

"In support of the president's policy address, we will table three motions...the motion of thanks, under which the speakers can touch on anything raised by the president in his speech and other matters deemed important.

"As for the economy and education motion, delegates will touch on matters close to their hearts, especially on that concerning the Malay agenda.

"For the third motion, we will discuss about Islam Hadhari and several matters on how to advance the Muslim community and strengthen Umno as a party that fights for this cause," he said.

On the economy and education motion, Najib said that the Malays were already successful, only that the success was not comprehensive enough.

"It is being raised not because we have failed, but because we have succeeded in only in several aspects...not comprehensive enough. The main goals as stated in the New Economic Policy (NEP), we have yet to fully achieve." he said.

Najib said that it seemed that the big changes that was wanted of the Malays needed more time than had been expected.

"There has also been leakages as business opportunities and equity ownership of Bumiputeras had experienced the effects of this and fallen out of their hands.

"This has been due to our own fault in the sense that we do not look at the things we do in the long term. For example, if we own shares and keep them for the long term, we will be able to get dividends and bonus and the like. Its things like this that will make us more successful," he said.

"As such, our ability to hold equity ownership of land and the like is something important that has to be done to ensure wealth creation," said Najib.

More than 20,000 people attended the function. Also present was the Deputy Prime Minister's wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.

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