Set aside dif­fer­ences to en­sure vic­tory, Zahid tells BN par­ties

New Straits Times - - News - Kuala Lumpur,

IPOH: Barisan Na­sional lead­ers must strengthen the re­la­tion­ship be­tween com­po­nent par­ties to en­sure vic­tory in the next gen­eral elec­tion, said Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi.

He said BN lead­ers, in­clud­ing those from the youth wings, must also set aside dif­fer­ences and work to­gether to “re­tain and re­gain” lost seats in the 14th Gen­eral Elec­tion.

“Get to know your friends now so that when Prime Min­is­ter (Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak) beats the war drum, we are well pre­pared. Don’t wait un­til Par­lia­ment is dis­solved to know your friends.

“We must fo­cus on our sup­port­ers and give pri­or­ity to BN’s DNA (party com­po­nents).

“Rally those in the par­lia­men­tary and state con­stituen­cies,” said Zahid, who is also Barisan Na­sional deputy chair­man, at the “BN Aman & Expo” launch here yes­ter­day.

“We may have dif­fer­ent views, with dif­fer­ent re­li­gious and cul­tural back­grounds, but we must put them aside and work to­gether to win for BN.”

He said Perak BN must learn from its de­feat in 2008, and work to­gether to en­sure that the party re­gain lost seats.

“It was a painful 11 months for us when we lost Perak (to the op­po­si­tion). We must make sure that his­tory does not re­peat it­self,” he said to a loud cheer from the crowd.

Present were Menteri Be­sar Datuk Seri Dr Zam­bry Abd Kadir and Perak Umno Youth chief Khairul Azwan Harun.

In Zahid urged re­li­gious (tah­fiz) schools that have yet to reg­is­ter with state re­li­gious authorities to do so im­me­di­ately.

“We need to pro­tect the wel­fare of our chil­dren who go to these schools,” he said at the open­ing of the “30,000 Huf­faz As­sem­bly” pro­gramme at the Fed­eral Ter­ri­tory Mosque here yes­ter­day.

As of April this year, Zahid said, there were 519 reg­is­tered tah­fiz schools na­tion­wide.

The event also saw sev­eral pri­vate com­pa­nies do­nat­ing a to­tal of RM520,000 to sup­port the pro­gramme.

On a re­lated mat­ter, Zahid said the gov­ern­ment was com­mit­ted to pro­duc­ing 125,000 pro­fes­sional “huf­faz” in 30 years.

“Huf­faz”, which means “guardian” or “mem­o­riser” in Ara­bic, refers to some­one who has com­pletely mas­tered the Qu­ran.

“Hope­fully, they will one day lead the coun­try by be­com­ing econ­o­mists and politi­cians. Some among them may even be­come the prime min­is­ter.

“With a ‘huf­faz’ as prime min­is­ter, he will un­doubt­edly bring Malaysia and Is­lam to greater heights. I may not be around by then to see that hap­pen but this dream is not for me. It is for the next gen­er­a­tion,” he said.

Zahid also called for unity among tah­fiz stu­dents, say­ing Is­lam was un­der threat world­wide.

Present was former prime min­is­ter Tun Ab­dul­lah Ah­mad Badawi.

PIC BY MUHAIZAN YAHYA

Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi and Perak Menteri Be­sar Datuk Seri Dr Zam­bry Abd Kadir (sec­ond from left) beat­ing the drums to launch the ‘BN Aman & Expo’ event in Ipoh yes­ter­day.

PIC BY MO­HAMAD SHAHRIL BADRI SAALI

Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi ad­dress­ing the ‘huf­faz’ as­sem­bly at the Fed­eral Ter­ri­tory Mosque in Kuala Lumpur yes­ter­day.

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