Friday August 31, 2012
PM: Stop bickering and get down to work
By DERRICK VINESH
BALING: Enough of internal politics and get to work that's the order Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has given to Kedah Umno.
Saying that he has “had enough”, the Barisan Nasional chairman said any quarrel should have been resolved by now.
He said it had been over four years since the last general election and Umno leaders in Kedah should stop pointing fingers at each other.
“We at the top leadership have spoken about this issue countless times. It is time for the members to fulfil their pledges of loyalty to the party.
“Let us not merely look at what the (Barisan) government had promised to do for us, but rather what we can do for the government,” he said when opening the delegates' conferences for the six divisions here yesterday.
Najib stressed that if all Umno members and fellow Barisan component party members voted for Barisan candidates in Kedah, there was no reason why the ruling coalition could not win.
He also wanted all six Umno divisions in the southern part of Kedah to be the catalyst for Barisan to win back Kedah in the general election.
He said the Baling, Merbok, Sik, Sungai Petani, Padang Serai as well as the Kulim-Bandar Baharu divisions formed the backbone of the party in the state.
“I chose to visit southern Kedah because this region has been our fort all this while. As Baling played an important role in our country's history, let the voice of Baling be etched in the history of Umno and Barisan in our struggle to return Kedah back to Barisan,” Najib said.
He said other areas such as Alor Setar and Jerlun were equally important, stressing that the divisions should all work together and fight hard to win back Kedah.
Najib also advised Umno members in Kedah to take the party's defeat in the last general election as a valuable lesson to do better the next time around.