KUALA LUMPUR: Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has underlined five principles to be practised by Barisan Nasional (BN) and Umno in order for the Malay party to win the 14th General Election (GE14).
He said the five principles were solving the party’s internal issues; reaching out to more people on the ground; selecting truly qualified candidates; getting out of their comfort zone; and ensuring all aid gets to the grassroots level.
“If the people are poor and in need, help them regardless of their race and religion. Help all…if that can be done, we don’t need to work hard, we need to work smart…just get rid of that ‘business as usual’ attitude…get out of our comfort zone…don’t just take care of our people, help also those who are in need.
“Win their hearts and minds. No matter how strong the Opposition is, or how many new parties are formed, InsyaAllah (God willing), Umno and BN (Barisan Nasional) will rise again to take over power in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur,” he said at the opening of the Hulu Selangor Umno divisional delegates’ meeting here today.
He said BN’s failure to regain power in Selangor during the last two general elections should be a lesson to all members.
Zahid said Selangor progressed as the most developed state in Malaysia as a result of BN’s efforts, but it was the Opposition who got to enjoy it because BN and Umno were too comfortable with what they had.
“Because we thought we were too strong, we were busy making analysis and drafting strategies, but we didn’t go to the ground, leaders were too busy holding on to their posts.
“Learn from those mistakes. We lost in Selangor in the 12th and 13th general election because of that culture of being in our comfort zone.
“But, I’m confident that we can win back Selangor. We don’t need to win all the 56 state seats, 35 or 33 seats will do,” he added.