Monday September 3, 2012
BN vetting candidates
By JOSEPH SIPALAN
PUTRAJAYA: The Barisan Nasional leadership is in the midst of screening candidates for the impending general election.
Barisan secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor confirmed that all the 13-member parties in the ruling coalition had already handed over their candidate lists to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
“We have already started vetting (candidates). We are also checking if a candidate is popular on the ground. We want candidates that the rakyat wants, not the party,” he said yesterday.
Aside from the vetting of candidates, Tengku Adnan said Najib would also hold meetings with the presidents of the component parties to get their views on their electoral chances.
“If we feel a candidate is unsuitable, we will ask them to submit another name. The process has already started and as far as the coalition is concerned, we are ready (to face the polls),” he said.
Earlier, it was reported that Najib would only have a short break over the Hari Raya holidays to make way for one-to-one meetings with Barisan component party leaders to finalise the list of candidates.
Tengku Adnan, who is also Umno secretary-general, had earlier said that an October date would be a bad idea for the general election as it would be the start of the haj pilgrimage season.
A September date is also unlikely, as Najib is scheduled to table the Budget 2013 in Parliament on Sept 28.