In an effort to revitalize the party, Umno organize an event, called Memperingati perjuangan Datuk Onn: Pengasas negara sebuah bangsa [In memory of the struggles of Datuk Onn: Founder of a country and people], will be held at Batu Pahat stadium.
More than 15,000 people attended the event to commemorate the struggles and sacrifices of Umno founder Datuk Onn Jaafar on Sunday Feb 26, 2006. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and other Umno leaders took part in a 1km march to the stadium as part of the event.
The organizing committee chairperson Senator Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi said it was a re-enactment of the march led by Onn 60 years ago. On Feb 10, 1946, Onn led a group of 15,000 people in a march to oppose the setting up of the Malayan Union.
He said, “We have lined up an array of activities for the whole year,”
Other events were an international seminar on Onn, musical performances, exhibitions, competitions for students, and an expedition called Kembara Datuk Onn. “Kembara Datuk Onn will take us to the eight places around the country where he spoke to people to oppose the Malayan Union,” he said.
Meanwhile, Pak Lah said at launching Putera Umno at Taman Brown, Jalan Datuk Keramat, Penang Saturday Feb 25, 2006 that the new generation of Umno leaders must be stronger than the present one to ensure they are fit to lead Barisan Nasional. “Our previous four leaders, from Tunku Abdul Rahman to Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, were all great leaders. “We must take them as examples,”
He said Umno must continue to produce committed, dedicated and disciplined leaders to ensure continuity in implementing the party’s agenda from one generation to another. “We have no choice. The young generation must know the value of our struggle,” he said, adding that Umno’s struggle would die off if there were no continuity in leadership.
Abdullah also said they must grow stronger to secure continuous survival. They need the right guidance. They must also have the determination [to be good leaders]. “All of you have to be better than us [current leaders],” he added.
It is sensible. Patah tumbuh hilang berganti.