Seat adjustments among BN component parties in next GE

(The Star) – KUALA LUMPUR: There will be seat adjustments among Barisan Nasional component parties for the coming general election, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

He said all parties in BN have agreed in principle but the details will be announced later.

“I won’t say plenty (seat swaps) but we have started the process of adjustment to see what is the best formula. All emanates on the principle of who is the best candidate,” Najib, who is BN chairman, told reporters at a press conference after opening the Gerakan’s 40th National Delegates’ Conference here Sunday.

He also said that BN was ready to reclaim Penang from the opposition.

“All the component parties in BN are prepared to work together to retake the state. We want Gerakan to return as a force to be reckoned with in the context of politics,” he told the delegates in his speech earlier.

Najib also urged Gerakan to present their alternative plans in showing that BN is a better choice than the opposition in Penang.

He assured Gerakan that Umno would not claim the state leadership from them should BN succeeded in retaking Penang.

On Gerakan Wanita chief Datuk Tan Lian Hoe‘s call for party president Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon not to contest in the general election, Najib said Dr Koh knows what needs to be done.

“We have a good working relationship…I leave it in his good hands…he knows what needs to be done.”