KUALA LUMPUR: Motions proposed at Umno general assemblies throughout the years have transformed government policies that helped improve the quality of life among people.
In his winding up speech at the Umno General Assembly vice-president Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein cited several policies that originated from the party’s annual gatherings in the past.
• the abolishment of toll collection in Batu Tiga, Shah Alam that was motioned by Shah Alam Umno delegates back in 2012,
• postponement of National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) loan repayment was motioned by Selayang Umno delegates,
• The 1Azam Programme aimed at eradicating poverty through job opportunities was mooted by Umno Wanita,
• The transit house programme for low-income, newly-married couples under 30-years old was motioned by Umno Youth, and
• Affordable housing scheme raised by Umno Puteri.
Hishammuddin said all of the motions were later adopted as the government's agenda and executed under Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak's leadership.
"We want the people to witness the value and definition of our leadership, which at all times listen and delve into the voices of their sentiments.
"A few of us might view the motions raised as somewhat insignificant, but believe this ladies and gentlemen, such motions have greatly affected the process of formulating national policies," Hishammuddin said.
On the contrary, the opposition pact's pledges have been largely panned by various parties, especially in Selangor concerning education and abolishing of toll collection.
Hishammuddin also reminded the delegates of the opposition's apparent worsening insolence towards the royal institution.
"They (the opposition) drag the people into disrespecting the rulers, who have become the symbol of Constitutional Monarchy Democracy in this country.
"They (the opposition) reject the principles of royalty as enshrined in the Rukun Negara.
"If His Highness (the rulers) had shed tears when Umno went against the Malayan Union in 1946, we, the Umno members here pledge once again to continue defending the country's royal institution."
Hishammuddin, who is also Defence Minister paid tribute to the armed forces and thanked them for upholding the country's security and peace.
He said as of 12pm today, a number of soldiers have been deployed to render humanitarian assistancein flood hit Kota Star in Kedah, Raub in Pahang, and Kemaman in Terengganu.
Nevertheless, Hishammuddin said despite the unceasing endeavours by the armed forces, certain quarters had attempted to deny such efforts due to a political agenda during the Penang floods.
"The fact is, our men (the army) has been on the ground to aid the victims way before (DAP secretary-general and Penang chief minister) Lim Guan Eng's video was circulated.
"Such are the theatrics shown by the opposition, to an extent that even security matters have been turned into a game or are poked fun at.
"The incident in Lahad Datu had been described a 'play', despite the deaths of some of our men. Military assets and submarines are being ridiculed. Rights of armed forces members as voters were questioned.
"But there is a disaster and disorder, they will inevitably, turn to the seek help from the armed forces."