Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak warned that Malays and Muslims would be destitute if Umno loses its power in ruling the country.
He said he could not imagine what the country would be without Umno.
"I have asked before, what will happen to the Malays and Muslims if Umno loses power?
"In the many words in the Dewan Bahasa dictionary, some said Malays would be defeated, beaten or fall flat.
"But I choose the word that the Malays will be 'terbangsat' (extremely poor) as there are no other words to picture the fate of Malays who'll lose everything," he said in his speech when opening the Padang Besar, Kangar and Arau Umno divisions meeting at Dewan 2020 here yesterday.
He pledged that he would not back off but stay put as Umno president and Prime Minister for as long as Umno members and the rakyat supported him.