KUALA LUMPUR: The selection of candidates for the upcoming general election will be decided by the party, not by the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
“If I like somebody but the party says the candidate is not winnable, then I have to say sorry and have to follow the decision of the party,” said Najib who is also the UMNO President.
“We have to choose a candidate who is likeable, and who can win and bring victory to the party,” he said.
Najib said that in his speech, winding the debates of Deputy President, Vice President, Wanita, Youth and Puteri chiefs at the UMNO General Assembly held in Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) here on Saturday.
He also reminded the party representatives and delegations to discuss and solve any problem amicably at the divisions’ level as oaths and promises to cooperate and support a candidate to win in the general election have been pledged at the general assembly.
Elaborating on this he said, he knows the divisions that are facing problems to the extent some are not in talking terms with others.
“The momentum of winning in the general election is at our side. I hope all delegates will go back to their home towns with high spirit, readiness and have the courage to ‘fight in the war” and bring success to UMNO and Barisan Nasional,” said Najib.
He added, unlike before… now the Chief Executive Officers (CEO’s) of the government linked companies are supporting Barisan Nasional (BN) because they have confidence in the leadership of UMNO. In the past, the CEO’s of the GLC associate themselves as professionals.
Najib also said, the government servants as the backbone and strong supporters of the government’s policies are also on our side.
In his speech, Najib also mentioned about Malaysia’s firm stand protesting against US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
He said, he could not accept Muslims being suppressed in any situation and would not let Jerusalem which is the third holy land for the Muslims to be usurped.
Relating to the Jerusalem’ s issue, Najib said, he received a phone call from Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan three days ago requesting him to attend the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) in Istanbul on 13 December.
Najib added, Erdogan requested him to attend the meeting as Malaysia`s presence and voice is very important.
–Malaysia World News