He told the press:
Some speakers at the Umno general assembly they were inexperienced when debating sensitive racial issues. However, he cautioned those angered by these speeches not to assume that what "one or two delegates" said represented the stand of Umno.
Najib said sometimes inexperienced speakers got "carried away" by the occasion and ended up playing to the gallery."But they should realise that when they speak, others outside the party arealso listening to their speeches," he said.
Some of the vicious statements:
- Malacca delegate Hasnoor Sidang Hussein bluntly stated that "Umno is willing to risk lives and bathe in blood in defence of race and religion"
- Umno Youth exco member Azimi Daim, a veteran at Umno assemblies, said"when tension rises, the blood of Malay warriors will run in our veins"
- Perlis delegate Hashim Suboh, also no newcomer to the assembly, directed his question at youth chief Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein: "Datuk Hisham has unsheathed his keris, waved his keris, kissed his keris. We want to askDatuk Hisham when is he going to use it."
These speakers are not first timers but UMNO veterans. Nevertheless, getting carried away is not a good reason to justify the racist statements. UMNO must apologize unreservedly for the statements made by its leaders.