FORMER prime minister Najib Razak today outlined three factors that can ensure Umno returns to power in Putrajaya after the next general election.
The former Umno president said in order to regain its lost power, the party must strengthen itself by having members and leaders who do not fear facing Pakatan Harapan, build closer ties with PAS, and solidify his own “bossku” support base.
“With these three factors, we can generate a huge wave that can lift Umno and PAS to Putrajaya,” he said while officiating Jeli Umno division meeting today.
“Trust me, this is our best option.”
BN managed to win only 79 parliamentary seats from the available 222. Of that, Umno managed to return as the strongest BN party by winning 54 parliamentary seats.
However, the party is now left with only 37 seats following the defections of some of its senior leaders to Bersatu.
As for Najib, he is facing a litany of charges related to the 1MDB scandal. He has, however, managed to secure support through his Malu Apa Bossku campaign where he is seen mingling with the men on the street, and questioning the government’s policies on social media.
Speaking further at the event today, Najib said Umno’s failure to defend the federal power has resulted in Malays suffering in the hands of Pakatan.
“In an Umno annual assembly five years ago, I said that if Umno fails, the Malay community will suffer. Today, that has happened.
“So, wake up. This is not about Najib, Zahid, Mat Hasan or Tok Pa. This is about race and religion.
“We must fight. Don’t be afraid of Pakatan. If they take action against us, we fight back. We have our lawyers,” he said.
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