Umno’s allies in Barisan Nasional (BN) must not be demoralised by previous general elections’ results but must instead move forward to bolster their synergy.
In opening speech at the the Umno wings’ assemblies last night at Putra World Trade Centre, Umno vice president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said that since 13th general election (GE13), BN had maintained power with 134 seats.
This however, was before it lost two more seats following the sacking of Muhyiddin Yassin (Pagoh) and the resignation of Mohd Shafie Apdal (Semporna).
He said the analysis showed that Umno won 88 seats, an increase of nine compared to GE12; MIC increased its share from three to four, while MCA’s seats dropped from 15 to seven, and Gerakan maintained its two seats.
DAP however, increased its seats from 28 to 38.
“What does all this data mean to us? Is this coincidence? Can we consider ourselves lucky? Or can we interpret this as a consolation?
“What does this analysis mean? Maybe we are forgetting (what is posed by) these facts and the question is, do we want remain at the current level or are we ready to work harder?” New Straits Times reported as questioned by Zahid.
Zahid said such was the reality that needs to be ruminated upon in the struggle to maintain the present administration.
He said BN component parties should not frown upon Umno’s position as the coalition’s backbone, but instead work together to strengthen their collective charge against the opposition.
“Hence, our allies in BN need not to worry with the camaraderie brought by Umno.
“Umno fights for the rights of all races although the facts show that Umno had been rejected by those in the urban areas, of whom the majority are non-Malays.
“Umno does not act based on political rhetoric, but instead through action to assure a political guarantee to other components,” said Zahid.