KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 23 (Bernama) -- Elements of sabotage in the last general
election must stop to ensure victory for Umno candidates in the 13th general
election, said Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
He said Umno must have zero defect through unity to curb acts of sabotage
before the general election.
Ahmad Zahid, who is also Defence Minister, said holding a high post did not
mean a person was an automatic candidate.
"But what is worrying the top leadership are those division warlords who
insist that they are picked as candidates regardless, and this will lead to
"A general who is armed with a sharp sword will lose a battle if he has no
soldiers to back him up. For this reason, we must have an army behind us, apart
from the support of all," he told a press conference in conjunction with the
coming 2011 Umno General Assembly.
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Ahmad Zahid said it was important that the message be imparted by Umno
president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in his policy speech during the assembly.
"Our experience in the last election showed that unsolved conflicts led to
the defeat of many Umno and Barisan Nasional (BN) candidates," he said.
He said a study revealed that good candidates could contribute 31 per cent
to victory, and solving internal problems would contribute more than 50 per
He stressed, other than the need to give full support to candidates picked
by the top leaderships, the members must forget personal interests.
"I am quite sure the president and deputy president will stress that we
cannot compromise on the defeat of a candidate only because of unsolved problems
at the division level," he said.
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Ahmad Zahid said party members should also redouble efforts to win back
Selangor, Kedah, Kelantan and Penang and have two-third majority in parliament.
On the assembly, Ahmad Zahid hoped those taking part in the debate would
stress on unity and the government''s effort such as the Economic Transformation
On the influence of the new media such as the blogs, twitter and Facebook,
he said said they were seen as contributing to the rejection of BN in the last
He said the Prime Minister''s initiative to create a blog and having a
twitter and Facebook accounts was timely.
Touching on the opposition plan to hold a separate general election, the
Bagan Datoh Member of Parliament, said it was a good move.
"It will give an advantage to BN. When the general election in all the
states are completed, we can focus on the opposition-held states.
"I do not think they will win because many promises in their 2008 manifesto
were not fulfilled and the people can no longer be blinded by rhetorics," he
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