KOTA BELUD: Leaders and members of the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition must leave it fully to BN chairman Najib Razak to determine the candidates for the upcoming 14th General Election (GE14).
Communications and Multimedia Minister Salleh Said Keruak said Najib, who is also Umno president, would make the final decision on the candidates. What was more important, he said, was that the party machinery should continue to be strengthened to ensure a comfortable win.
“The question of candidates is not our right, the question of candidates is the ultimate right of the president of Umno and the BN chairman.
“It’s no longer the time for us to lobby to become candidates … that era has changed. We have to hand it over fully to the party leadership to determine which candidate will be fielded to contest in GE14.
“What we must strengthen is the party. So, we should support anybody who is selected by our leadership, “he said when met by reporters at the Chinese New Year Open House at the home of ‘Kapitan China’ Andy Chua in Kampung Tombol, near here, today.
Salleh said it was the duty of all BN members to close ranks and give full support to the candidates who had been finalised.
“When the top leadership has decided on the candidates, our duty is to close ranks and strengthen the party so that we can get a comfortable win,” he said.
On the festivities, Salleh said the practice of open houses during festive seasons had become a tradition in Kota Belud. These helped show the harmony among the numerous communities and religions in the district.
About 2,000 residents of various races in the district attended the open house.