WHILE Umno is getting stronger and in a better position to serve the people, the is plagued by problems between the coalition partners, says Prime Minister Najib Razak.
The Umno president said the situation had enabled the party, through its machinery including the welfare bureau to continue going down to the people to help those in need, especially the rural communities.
“We see the opposition now in a situation of ‘kuchanala’ (Kelantanese Malay word for disarray) but Umno remains strong and committed to helping the people in good and bad times.”
Najib said this when launching Phase 2 of the ‘Umno bantu rakyat’ (Umno assists people) programme and ‘Jom simpan bersama perbadanan tabung pendidikan tinggi nasional’ (Let’s save with the national higher education fund corporation) at Kampung Tanjung Medang Mosque, in Pekan, today.
Also present were Umno Malaysia welfare bureau chairman, Dr Shamsul Anuar Nasarah and Bebar assemblyman, Mohamad Fakharuddin Mohd Arif.
Najib, who is also Pekan MP, said while the government carried out many high-impact programmes in the urban areas, it did not mean it forgot about the development and welfare of the rural people.
At the event, 3,163 Year One pupils from 55 schools in the Pekan constituency and from low-income families (B40), received deposits totalling RM316,300 in the National Education Savings Scheme (SSPN-i).
Umno welfare bureau also handed out 2,000 kits to poor families from the constituency.