JERLUN: Umno Information chief Tan Sri Annuar Musa today urged Malaysians not to gamble the country's future just because of their sentimental attachment to certain political personalities.
In addressing a crowd of Umno members in Jerlun tonight, Annuar said the Malays should decide wisely to retain power through Umno, the pillar of the Barisan Nasional (BN) government, or risk losing power to the DAP-led opposition pact.
"Since independence, the Malays, as the majority community in the country, have been ruling the government through Umno.
"Through our partnership with other races in BN, we have built a track record in developing the country and defending the interest of the Malays and Islam, while at the same time, looking after other ethnic minorities.
"This is in line with 'fardu kifayah' as per Islamic teachings, which urges Muslims to govern a country, in which they form the majority, while acknowledging the rights of non-Muslims," he said.
However, Annuar stressed that Malays risk losing power if they are carried away with sentimental fondness for certain personalities who have since formed a pact with the DAP.
He pointed out that the DAP is only riding on Malay-based parties such as Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) and Parti Amanah Negara (PAN) to further consolidate their power.
"The 14th General Election will be a battle between pro-rakyat BN and the pro-DAP Pakatan, because the other parties in Pakatan will be depending on DAP’s popularity to win votes.
"The DAP is using these parties to consolidate its power from its current 39 Parliamentary seats to between 50 and 60 seats.
"With the biggest number of seats, the DAP will be calling the shots, should Pakatan win the next general election. Even if they appoint a Malay as the Prime Minister, the Malays will be losing their political power," he said.
Annuar said, while he acknowledges the contributions made by former Umno leaders, voters should not get carried away by sentiment over their past history with the party.
He stressed that any leader, no matter how huge their achievement while in power, would not have been successful without being in Umno and BN.
"This is the case for any former Umno leader who has departed the party for various reasons. Leaders come and go, but the party must stay, because Umno is the pillar of BN.
"We cannot gamble the country’s future just because of our personal sentiments towards certain leaders," he said.
Annuar said he will always have respect for former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, whom he had idolised during his days as a university student.
"I remained loyal to (Tun Mahathir) through thick and thin during his 22 years as Prime Minister and the party president, but once he left the party, I could not be carried away by my sentiments towards him, because the party is above any individual," he said.
He also shared his sadness that Tun Mahathir, and his son, Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir, are being manipulated by the DAP to further strengthen their power by widening the split among Malays.
Annuar later reminded Kedahans to ensure that Umno retains its power, as the state needs continuity in development programmes.