BN must work hard and smart to survive its “third strike” in the coming 14th general election (GE14), Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said today.
Based on the party’s experiences in the 12th and 13th general elections, he said it is expected that Umno will be faced with another wave of problems ahead of GE14.
“We have to work hard and work smart to ensure that in GE14 when we are tested for the third time, we will be judged on whether we can succeed or whether we will be defeated,” said Zahid in his speech at the Umno Batu Pahat division meeting this morning.
Zahid, who is Umno vice-president performing the duties of the party’s deputy president, also warned of external parties using issues such as the United States Department of Justice’s 1MDB-linked civil suit, as a “bullet to shoot at Umno”.
“We know these problems do not come from within the party. The problems are coming from outside. Shots fired using issues like DOJ as ‘bullets’.
“This is because there are enemies out there who try to provide the ‘bullets’ to (other) foreign parties, so there is a loss of faith in institutions of leadership,” he said, claiming that such attacks have been recurring every five years when a general election is due.