Umno to use election manual to convince voters

Hishammuddin-Hussein-undi-umnoPETALING JAYA: Umno vice-president Hishammuddin Hussein said the party has prepared an election manual on how to convince voters that Barisan Nasional (BN) is the only coalition that can serve the rakyat.

“The manual will serve as a guide for the ground machinery at division and district levels in preparation for the 14th general election (GE14),” The Star quoted Hishammuddin as saying.

“With the help of the manual, we hope to convince voters, especially the younger generation, that Umno and Barisan Nasional are on the right track,” he said after opening the Ketereh Umno Youth and Puteri delegates meeting at SMK Kadok yesterday.

Hisham­muddin said Umno members must remain united and loyal and not let their spirits be dampened by certain individuals.

He said there were changes in Umno members’ mood compared with last year after the sacking of several leaders for acting against the interests of the party.

He also hit out at former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad for supporting his former political nemesis Anwar Ibrahim as a potential prime ministerial candidate.

“This sudden U-turn does not make sense,” he said.

Hisham­muddin said when Mahathir wanted to oust Anwar in 1998, he gave many reasons why Umno members should not support Anwar.

“Today, he supports Anwar. This is more than a U-turn,” he said.

“Attacks against Umno will only strengthen members’ resolve as they remain united and loyal to the party,” Hisham­muddin said.