ALOR SETAR – Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has directed Kedah Umno to work hard to ensure that the state remained under Barisan Nasional rule.

Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah said the Prime Minister and party president had conveyed this at a closed-door meeting with Umno state assemblymen and MPs here yesterday.

“He wants us to be prepared as there are major hurdles ahead.

“As such, all levels of the party must get cracking. We need to get those eligible to sign up as voters too,” Ahmad Bashah, who is the Kedah Umno chairman, told repor­ters after the meeting.
Also present was Kedah Umno deputy chairman Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid.

Ahmad Bashah said Najib had talked about the 14th general election and wanted the state Umno to pay heed to all that needed to be done.

“Whoever attracts support will win. This involves the party’s inte­grity and Umno must defend the seats it won, and also go all out to increase our number of seats,” he said.

He said Parti Pribumi Bersatu Ma­­laysia must be shut out of Kedah.

Ahmad Bashah said he had presented a report on Kedah Barisan’s target to regain its two-thirds majo­rity in the State Assembly.

He added that Najib, who is on a two-day visit to Kedah, stressed on the need for solidarity in the party and for all to work as a team.

— Bernama