It’s only a minor setback, says Najib

(The Star) KUALA TERENGGANU: Barisan Nasional’s loss in the by-election is only a setback and has no impact on the national political landscape, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said.

The Barisan number two said the coalition would not be disheartened and would embark immediately on measures to win back the confidence of the people.

“We will seriously take note of the outcome of the result,” the Deputy Prime Minister told reporters after the result was announced yesterday.

Najib said Barisan would enhance its image as part of its move to change its strategy.

“We will nevertheless accept the decision of the people of Kuala Terengganu,” he said.

He said the coalition was still relevant and was confident of regaining the support of the people very quickly.

Najib felt the mood of the people would be different in the next general election.

“I believe the people will return to Barisan’s fold. We will take immediate measures to ensure the support of the people for the coalition,” he added.

Datuk Wan Ahmad Farid Wan Salleh, who was also at the press conference, said he would accept the people’s decision.