JERLUN – The people should not gamble on their future merely out of sympathy for an individual, said Umno information chief Tan Sri Annuar Musa.
“The more important issue is the future of the nation. This leader must realise that he cannot gamble on it merely because of his personal interests,” he said at a talk on current issues in Padang Sera here on Friday night.
Annuar said the action of former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in trying to disturb national harmony was something difficult for the people to accept.
“The people, including myself, was undivided in our support for Tun Mahathir when he was prime minister, but enough, give space to Datuk Seri Najib (Tun Razak) to administer the country and continue the harmony through Umno,” he said.
He said Umno had been through trials and tribulations but it was firm and continued to protect race, religion and country.
He hoped Dr Mahathir would come to his senses and return to the fold.
“I know deep in his heart he still loves Umno. Let’s pray he returns to Umno,” he said.
He also hoped Umno and PAS would find a common ground to develop cooperation for the sake of the race and religion.
Jerlun MP Datuk Othman Aziz said the opposition was now actively distorting facts to create hatred which could destroy the future of the country as they were jealous of Barisan Nasional’s success.
“The simplest way for opposition politicking is by playing up the race and hate cards.
“As such, the people must exercise wisdom to avoid being influenced by the sentiment of hate that the opposition is trying to plant,” he said in his speech at a ceramah, “My Country My Generation”, in Lunas, Padang Serai, on Friday night.
He also urged the people to re-evaluate the performance Padang Serai MP N. Surendran in looking after the people’s welfare.
Othman, who is also Deputy Finance Minister I, said Surendran must be rejected at the next general election as he could not execute his duties well after being suspended from Parliament twice.
MIC deputy president Datuk Seri S.K. Devamany said the country needed an opposition to give criticisms if there was leakage or injustice.
“However, don’t ever deny the people the truth and instigate them to the point of disseminating lies which can throw the nation into chaos,” he said.
Gerakan deputy president Datuk Dr Cheah Soon Hai said DAP would resort to any means to get votes during each general election.