BARISAN NASIONAL, UMNO TO RESTRATEGISE MA­CHIN­ERY

This is needed due to Pas end­ing its po­lit­i­cal co­op­er­a­tion with PKR, says DPM

New Straits Times - - News - DATUK SERI DR AH­MAD ZAHID HAMIDI

FAIRUZ MOHD SHAHAR PUTRAJAYA news@nst.com.my

BARISAN Nasional and Umno will re­struc­ture their ma­chin­ery to face the new po­lit­i­cal sce­nario cre­ated fol­low­ing the split be­tween Pas and PKR.

Umno vice-pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi said the sev­er­ing of ties be­tween the two par­ties would pose a new chal­lenge to the rul­ing coali­tion.

He also said BN ex­pected more three-cor­nered fights in the up­com­ing 14th Gen­eral Elec­tion.

“In the pre­vi­ous gen­eral elec­tion, most con­stituen­cies saw a straight fight due to the co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Pas and PKR.

“With this new devel­op­ment, we will see more three-cor­nered fights.

“The chal­lenge will be dif­fer­ent. We have to de­vise a longterm strat­egy to face this new chal­lenge.

“We have to adopt a new strat­egy to face the strat­egy planned by the op­po­si­tion,” he said af­ter re­ceiv­ing a courtesy call from In­ter­na­tional Or­gan­i­sa­tion for Mi­gra­tion Am­bas­sador di­rec­tor­gen­eral Wil­liam Lacy Swing here yes­ter­day.

The deputy prime min­is­ter said Umno and BN would ob­serve and an­a­lyse the new po­lit­i­cal de­vel­op­ments in gear­ing up for the GE14, which must be called by next year.

“We re­spect the de­ci­sion made by Pas to end its co­op­er­a­tion with PKR as this is an in­ter­nal is­sue be­tween the two par­ties.

“This shows that Pas wants to re­main a po­lit­i­cal party that has its own iden­tity.

“This also shows that Pas is con­fi­dent of be­ing a ‘stand­alone’ party. We have to ac­cept the po­lit­i­cal re­al­ity and find the best mea­sures to ad­dress this is­sue.

“We need to re­struc­ture our or­gan­i­sa­tional ma­chin­ery to face this new sit­u­a­tion,” he said.

On May 11, Pas Syura Coun­cil sec­re­tary Datuk Dr Mohd Nik Zawawi Salleh an­nounced that Pas had ter­mi­nated its tahaluf siyasi (po­lit­i­cal co­op­er­a­tion) with PKR.

Nik Zawawi had said the de­ci­sion was made af­ter PKR was deemed to have breached many con­di­tions of the po­lit­i­cal co­op­er­a­tion, which was based on Is­lamic prin­ci­ples.

On a sep­a­rate mat­ter, Zahid urged peo­ple of all races to put aside their dif­fer­ences and sup­port Umno in its bid to place Malaysia among the top coun­tries in the world.

He said Malaysians must unite to help the gov­ern­ment re­alise its goal to make Malaysia one of the top 20 coun­tries in the world.

“Umno is sin­cere in de­vel­op­ing the coun­try and this should be sup­ported by the peo­ple.

“Party pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak has said that Umno is not a racist party and fo­cuses on the peo­ple’s needs and in­ter­ests.”

Zahid also said the gov­ern­ment was pre­pared to cre­ate a bet­ter fu­ture for Malaysians in the next 30 years through the Na­tional Tran­for­ma­tion 2050 ini­tia­tive.

He was com­ment­ing on Umno’s 71st an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions on Thurs­day, where Na­jib, who is also prime min­is­ter, un­der­scored four fac­tors that held the key to Umno’s suc­cess.

“It is im­por­tant to put aside our dif­fer­ences to make Malaysia a de­vel­oped na­tion.

“All par­ties should also help the gov­ern­ment in trans­lat­ing this vi­sion (to make Malaysia a top coun­try) into ac­tion.

“We should not let petty is­sues be­come a bar­rier,” said Zahid.

Umno is sin­cere in de­vel­op­ing the coun­try and this should be sup­ported by the peo­ple. Party pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak has said that Umno is not a racist party and fo­cuses on the peo­ple’s needs and in­ter­ests

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