Barisan Nasional losing certain states in the 12th and 13th general elections was due to a lack of unity among its component parties, said Umno vice president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
Ahmad Zahid, who is also discharging the duties of Umno deputy president, said it was important for Umno leaders and members as well as the BN component parties to be “on the same page” to ensure BN remained solid and strong.
According to him, the opposition wining in Penang, Selangor and Kelantan was not because they were strong, but due to ‘insiders’ who had also contributed to their victories.
“…the reason we lost (some states) in the 12th and 13th general elections was due to a lack of unity. This was because, there were some individuals who had their own agendas. Leaders had personal agendas who weakened our strength.
“Starting this year, when the Umno General Assembly and the BN Convention are held, we have to wake up, stand up, bring about uniformity, mental strength and action need to be in sync nationwide to make UMNO and BN super strong,” he said when opening the Kepala Batas Umno delegates meeting, here, yesterday.
The Deputy Prime Minister said reprimands made towards BN component parties were for the good of all, not to offend any quarters as each of them formed the backbones of BN.
“It’s true that Umno now has re-awakened. But in this situation, Umno sincerely wants to assist our friends in BN who are being tested to rise with us,” he said.
Earlier, in his opening speech at the Balik Pulau Umno delegates meeting, he had also asked BN component parties especially Gerakan and MCA, to follow the working rythms of Umno.
He said the DAP-led Penang government now was not that great and was only harvesting the fruits of BN’s efforts when it ruled the state.
“The one who worked was BN, and they (DAP) are enjoying the fruits…thus, we are obliged to recapture Penang. It’s enough that we let others win due to fights and weaknesses among us,” he added.