Muhyddin tells Bersatu members not to be lulled by power

Rafidah Mat Ruzki, DAWN CHAN

SHAH ALAM: Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has called on party members to learn from history and not to be lulled by power, which once led to the downfall of its opponents.

In a recorded video beamed to thousands of Bersatu supporters during the party’s second anniversary celebrations at Stadium Malawati here, Muhyiddin said power should not be seen as an ‘anugerah’ (prize).

“God is testing us with power. Are we going to use the power to do good or cause damage? If we see the power as a trust that we must carry out responsibly, I believe we will use that power to do good.

“But if we see power as an ‘anugerah’ to give a chance for people to use it for their personal interest, in a long run, the power that we have will damage us and our party,” said Muhyiddin.

Muhyiddin added that their opponents had done too much damage and had its powers taken away from them.

He said their opponents had allowed bad values and cultures to seep into the party to the extent that they were rejected by the rakyat.

Muhyiddin believed that Bersatu, being a relatively new party, can still shape a new culture to ensure that powers are used correctly so that the party will always be on the right track.

The event was attended by Bersatu chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his wife Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali; PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali; DAP chairman Tan Kok Wai; Parti Warisan Sabah president Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal; and Selangor Menteri Besar Amirudin Shari.

Around 3,000 Bersatu members were in attendance.

Muhyiddin said Bersatu’s foundation must be based on several core values which are discipline, trust, unity, prioritising struggles and commitment to the party.

He said Bersatu members should not be minding their own business to the extent of creating chaos in the party, and have a sense of respect and loyalty to the directives of the leadership.

“Remember the Battle of Uhud. When the Muslim soldiers almost won, there were those who had defied the orders of Rasulullah SAW by leaving the hill of Uhud just to loot. As they were engrossed in looting, the enemies launched an attack again and defeated them.

“Let us not repeat the mistakes of the Uhud soldiers who were indisciplined to the extent that they were defeated by their enemies. Preserve the party’s discipline so that we can maintain our victory and for our party to be stronger.

“The second value is trust. Remember that we are shouldering the trust and hopes of the rakyat. As the ruling party, the people place high hopes on us to fulfil our promises to them.

“For party members who hold positions in the government, whether at the federal, state or local councils, we must always self reflect and remind ourselves to honour our promises to the rakyat,” said Muhyiddin.

Muhyiddin also reminded Bersatu members to not create camps or groups within the party that will cause a split.

Bersatu members, he added, must realise that the party’s victory in the last general election does not mean that it has achieved the aim of all of its struggles.

Instead, the party has entered a new phase in the struggle to heal the nation and bring about change.

“It is important that we remain steadfast in our struggles and give solid support to Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as the party’s chairman and prime minister to steer the country.

“I believe that if we practice these pure values that I have mentioned, we will be able to shape a Bersatu culture that produces out genuine fighters who will always battle to strengthen and solidify the party.

“Aside from strengthening Bersatu, we must also do the same for Pakatan Harapan by fostering closer relationship amongst the component parties.

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