KUALA LUMPUR: Barisan Nasional is ready for the 14th general election (GE14) even if it is called earlier, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said.
Najib, also Barisan chairman and Umno president, said intensive preparations had been and were being carried out by Umno and Barisan component parties.
He said he was confident their strong election machineries would ensure victory for the coalition.
“GE14 can be held this year or next year. Whether this year or next year, we will still win. We have sharpened the sword,” he said when launching Jentera Jalinan Rakyat Plus (JR Plus) at the Putra World Trade Centre here Friday.
However, Najib reminded Barisan leaders and the machinery not to think too much as to when GE14 would be called, or who would be chosen as candidates.
Instead, focus should be on their duties in winning over voters, he said.
He also advised the election machineries not to be too confident after Barisan won the Sarawak State Election with a bigger majority, apart from the by-elections in Kuala Kangsar, Sungai Besar and Tanjong Datu.
“I mention this as I want to remind that we can win. We have won the battle but haven’t won the war,” he said.
Najib said he was now holding on to the principle that a good preparation was needed to deal with something big like the general election.
“I think we’re ready but we still have a bit of work to do. We must ensure that our machineries are doing their jobs,” he said.
The prime minister also reminded the machineries to practice the principle of moderation in doing the work, especially at the grassroots level.
“I want to ask (something), do take care of the hearts of people and voters. Don’t start meeting them only when the election is drawing closer,” he said.
Najib said doing this (taking care of the people at all times) would ensure that Umno and the Barisan component parties would survive.
He also said such a concept was different than that of the opposition as they exist due to hatred.
“They (the opposition) might only win certain constituencies but will they be able to form a government?” Najib asked.