Umno vice-president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said that BN is not afraid of Anwar.
“We are not afraid [of him]. Barisan Nasional will fight him hard and leave the rest to God,” said Zahid, who is also the Perak Umno vice-chairman.
He was speaking after attending the Umno supreme council meeting at the party headquarters in PWTC here today.
Yesterday, Anwar announced that he would contest a parliamentary seat in Perak in the 13th general election.
It is said that he made the decision to increase Pakatan Rakyat’s chances of winning federal power.
Zahid, who is also defence minister, dodged the question on whether BN could regain its two-thirds majority in Parliament, which was lost in the previous general election.
“I’m sure we can win Perak but [to get] two-thirds [majority], it’s going to take great effort,” he said.
Winning over the Chinese voters
On how BN plans to regain the confidence of the non-Malays, Zahid said that the Malays and Indians were backing the ruling coalition firmly.
“As for the Chinese, we will try our best to win their hearts,” he said.
Umno supreme council member Rafidah Aziz also shared Zahid’s sentiments, saying BN will retain Perak after the 13th general election.
“We will also win back the state seats lost to Pakatan in the previous general election,” said the former Cabinet minister.
Whether she would defend the Kuala Kangsar parliamentary seat, Rafidah replied in the negative.
“I’m already 70 years old. It’s time to place new candidates,” she said, adding that she is confident that Kuala Kangsar would remain under BN.
On BN leadership’s plan to field more younger candidates, she said, “ Younger candidates are not necessarily winnable material. If you’re young and useless, then there is no point.”