Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin

PETALING JAYA: Umno deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin asked the party leaders at all levels to immediately solve any internal problems in preparation for the coming general election.

He said during his visits and observations at several Umno divisions recently, he found that there were divisions, branches and wings that were still troubled by internal problems.

“I admit that there has been a wind of change as far as the people’s support for the party is concerned, but at the same time some divisions are still in the same situation, bogged down by internal problems.

“We must realise that we will be facing the general election. The prime minister has not given any signal and has not whispered anything to me (about the date) yet. But remember, the elections can be held tomorrow, in a few months’ time or any time before 2013,” the deputy prime minister said when opening the Petaling Jaya Utara (PJU) Umno division delegates’ meeting, here, Tuesday.

Muhyiddin said although the wind of change had been felt throughout the country, it was still not strong enough, so more efforts were needed to ensure Barisan Nasional (BN) would be in a very strong position and continue to be the ruling government.

He also said that prime minister and Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had taken an extraordinary approach, that was, transforming the government, whereby the government was seriously looking into the needs of the country’s multiracial population so that the benefits of development could be enjoyed by all.

“It was apt for the party president to take this unusual step, that is, the Government Transformation Programme, which has shown positive results overall and already felt by the people now.”

Muhyiddin also reminded all BN component parties to work hard to win back seats it lost in the last general election regardless of which component party a chosen candidate came from.

He said BN had been practising the concept of power-sharing since its establishment and based on this, cooperation among the component parties must be strengthened to wrest back its seats captured by the opposition. — BERNAMA