Petang tadi saya meluangkan masa bersama pemimpin-pemimpin dan rakyat jelata dari pelbagai latar belakang dalam Majlis Rumah Terbuka Malaysia Krismas 2013 di Padang Kota Lama, Pulau Pinang. Negara kita memang terkenal di serata dunia kerana konsep "kesatuan dalam kepelbagaian" dan saya berdoa agar kita sentiasa pertahankan kekuatan dan keunikan kita ini.
I am determined to lead a government that governs for all Malaysians. Because I believe UMNO’s greatest achievement is not the defence of just one race, but the creation of one state, one nation, one Malaysia. I believe history will judge UMNO by its ability to uphold the dignity not just of the Malay race and Islam, but of our country.
Now we must make our party and our values relevant to new generations; to those who have only ever known an independent and wealthy Malaysia, and who expect greater liberty and more opportunity. This is the new politics. We are not fighting the same fight as we were in the 1960s, the 1970s, or the 1980s. For our party and our nation to succeed, we must understand the aspirations of younger, better educated, more urban voters. We must be mindful of tradition, but look always towards the future.
We must strengthen the bonds between our people, from the biggest cities to the smallest kampungs. We must demonstrate that our vision of Malaysia’s future is compatible with people’s interests; that UMNO has not just a proud past, but a clear vision for the future. We must put nation above self, and people above self-interest; rejecting corruption, embracing open politics, and living the values we espouse.