Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said Barisan Nasional ( and Umno specifically) has to win the Kuala Terengganu parliamentary seat as a proof of its revival from the August’s defeat in the Permatang Pauh by-election.
Speaking at the launching of Barisan Nasional election machinery in Kuala Terengganu on Saturday Najib said Umno and BN could not afford to lose another seat and that the coalition’s win in Kuala Terengganu was vital for Umno’s future.
“We have to win (the Kuala Terengganu by-election) because we want to make the victory a starting point for Barisan’s and Umno’s revival from the defeat in Permatang Pauh,” Najib said, quoted Bernama.
The deputy prime minister added they want to give a clear signal to the country and the world that the people in this country choose Barisan as their party.
The Kuala Terengganu by-election will be held on Jan 17 following the death of its Member of Parliament Datuk Razali Ismail Razali on Nov 28.
Najib also told that Abdullah has left it to him to name Umno candidate for the by-election. He hinted the likely candidate must be humble, not arrogant and people friendly.
Najib was apparently trying to shed negative perceptions of Umno leaders who often said to be arrogant, unfriendly and boasting.
“Who is the candidate is not important, but the person has to be someone humble, not arrogant, people-friendly, shake hands with all the people, do things which please the voters because they will love you because of the qualities you have,” he added.
He said the candidate should also have a desire to win the by-election, a feeling which should also be shared by all Umno leaders, and not just saying it but to walk the talk by working together with all members in the coalition.
The event was attended by all Umno big wigs except out-going president Abdullah who was busy listening to SUPP boss Dr George Chan in Kuching (read Malaysiakini.)