LAST_UPDATESun, 22 Jul 2018 9pm

BN Component Parties Must Not Betray One Another, Says Najib

AYER KEROH: Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties must not betray one another and must avoid shooting themselves in the foot in the run-up to the 14th General Election (GE14).

BN chairman Datuk Seri Najib Razak said this was important for the coalition to not only continue to win Melaka’s four parliamentary seats but also wrest the Bukit Katil parliamentary seat in GE14.

The prime minister, who is also Umno president, said BN must also wrest four additional state seats in Melaka to add to the current 21 state seats held by BN.

“I am certain that if nobody (component party members) betrays us, we will not end up shooting our own feet,” he said, adding that component parties needed to help each other.

“If Umno wins, BN wins. If MCA wins, BN wins. If MIC wins, BN wins. If Gerakan wins, BN wins. If MyPPP (People’s Progressive Party) wins, BN wins,” he said to roars of approval from the crowd of BN supporters at the launch of the Bukit Katil BN election machinery here this afternoon.

The Bukit Katil seat is held by Parti Keadilan Rakyat’s (PKR) Shamsul Iskandar Md Akin.

Najib asked what the current Bukit Katil MP had done for the constituency as there was a lack of change and development in the area.

“If given the opportunity, BN will bring change. We will ensure the setting up of a service centre for the people,” he said.

Najib then played coy with the audience on the date of the polls.

“When is the elections? When are we celebrating Hari Raya? When can the moon be sighted? It is not that long,” he said to loud cheers from the crowd.

Present were Melaka BN chairman Datuk Seri Idris Haron, Bukit Katil BN chairman Tan Sri Mohd Ali Rustam, Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin, and Najib’s wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.

Earlier, at the launch of the 2018 Cooperatives Day at the Melaka International Trade Centre here, Najib voiced his support for the proposed amendment of the Cooperatives Act 1993 (Amendment 2007).

“As mentioned by Hamzah earlier on amending the Cooperatives Act, I pledge my full support for this initiative,” he said.

He also expressed delight over the performance of the cooperatives sector, adding that it had helped boost the economy.

To further empower the sector, Najib announced that the government had approved an allocation of RM200 million for the cooperatives involved in turning the 1Malaysia People’s Shop (KR1M) into a huge success.

Najib also called on players in the cooperatives sector to continue play their role in creating more entrepreneurs for Malaysia to achieve its 2050 National Transformation (TN50) vision.

“We want to see more development, as what we have envisioned in TN50. This is how we can lift Malaysia up to be among one of the top 20 advanced countries.

“To achieve this vision, every component in the society must play its role to ensure that we move towards greater success.”--Reports by Hidir Reduan, Arfa Yunus, Badrul Hizar Ab Jabar, Fairuz Zaidan, Mohd Hilmie Hussin, Nur Saliawati Salberi, and Amir Mamat