Predictably, Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Razak delivered a fierce and highly-charged speech at the opening of the party's general assembly in PWTC this morning.
Firing the troops for war, as it were.
His voice was two decibles higher, I think.
Umno must win and be given the mandate to lead. In order to do that it has to be strong. So let's cut the chase -- stop all this politicking and sabotaging. Step in line, be disciplined, be loyal
if you want to win this war.
The dynamics and demographics of Malaysia has changed -- so Umno has got to win the hearts and minds of not just the Malays but the non-Malays -- the rural and urban rakyat. The young. The fence sitters and the new 2.9 million new voters.
Umno is the rakyat's champion and together with its coalition partners -- is the choice for a better future for the rakyat,
It was not lost on so many people when the secretary-general (who spoke just before Najib) ended his speech with "Hidup Umno, Hidup Barisan, Hidup Malaysia!".
And then the party president ended on the same note.
My imagination, perhaps. But didn't it use to have "Hidup Melayu" in the past?
He certainly set the tone.
Here is the full text of Najib's speech..