KOTA KINABALU – The existence of Umno splinter parties will not affect public support for Barisan Nasional (BN) in the coming 14th general election (GE14).
BN strategic communications director Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan said BN would continue to be the people’s choice because it is a united political entity which has the experience and established policies to deal with various issues in the country.
He said the formation of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPB) by Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Parti Warisan by Datuk Seri Shafei Apdal and Parti Harapan Rakyat by Datuk Lajim Ukin, all former BN leaders, was only aimed at competing for the post of prime minister and to smear the BN-led government.
“After six months in operation, none of them have announced their economic, education, foreign, social or welfare policies,” he told reporters after opening the 2016 Asia Business Conference (ABC) in Labuan, Thursday.
Abdul Rahman who is also Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department said BN has continued to enjoy the people’s support because of public trust and confidence in the government’s credibility and capabilities.
But in JOHOR BAHRU, Umno Vice-President and Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said GE14 will be the most intensely fought in the history of UMNO and it will determine its survival as the ruling party.
He said the party should be prepared to face intense competition to ensure it does not suffer the same fate as the Golkar Party (Indonesia), the Congress Party (India) and the Kuomintang Party (Taiwan) which were defeated during elections.
Hishammuddin said he was talking about the comparison not to scare Umno members but this was the picture and the reality that must be accepted.
“Umno must return to a new mandate, but it will not be easy. Therefore, I have a special mission today to tell Johor Umno members that efforts to ensure UMNO’s victory in the upcoming election must begin here, on this day, in the birth place of our sacred party,” he said during the opening of the Johor UMNO Convention 2016 themed ‘Umno Spurs Advanced Malays’ at a hotel.