MACHANG, July 2 (Bernama) — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said Kelantan Barisan Nasional (BN) needs to be seen as the best alternative to PAS in the party’s effort to recapture the state in the coming General Election.
He said the BN and Umno leadership should pounce on issues which have become a “thorn in the flesh” of the PAS leadership in Kelantan.
Najib, who is also BN chairman, said now it is up to the local leadership to portray the BN as the best alternative to the people of Kelantan, who have all this while only looked to the PAS leadership under Menteri Besar Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat.
“It is now up to the capability of Umno to raise issues relating to the state government and give them a better alternative compared to PAS.
“This is what is wanted by the people of Kelantan, meaning they are making an indepth comparison of the alternative to PAS and thus we must see BN as the better alternative compared to PAS,” he said.
He was speaking to reporters after attending a “Leaders-with-the-People” session with the Kelantan Football team, The Red Warriors, at Sekolah Kebangsaan Machang 1 here Saturday.
Also present were Kelantan State Umno Liaison Committee chairman, Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamad, who is also the Minister of International Trade and Industry, Umno vice-president and Minister of Defence Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Kelantan Football Association (KAFA) president Tan Sri Annuar Musa.
The appearance of several members of the Red Warriors also enlivened the event which was attended by about 15,000 fans.
Najib also elaborated on several problems now faced by the Kelantan Government among which were the issue of people’s farms and the continuous water supply problem, which has plagued the people all this while.
He acknowledged that currently PAS had to answer to these issues and were now on the defensive compared to the last General Election.
Najib was also positive when asked if this was the best time for BN to wrest back the state after being led by PAS for the past 21 years.
“We will try our best and the spirit is high among the senior Umno leadership and they are ready to weather the challenge.
“There are positive signs for the BN but we must consider the process, where we must lead the change and value add consistently… we cannot consider one event on its own for a snowballing effect in the BN’s favour,” he said.
He said he was excited with the overwhelming response towards the event and in the contexts of being a state opposition, this could be seen as a good sign for the BN.
He, however, reminded party members and leaders to place importance on loyalty and discipline to the party and single-mindedness to overcome all obstacles.
Source : Bernama