PM sounds the battle-cry: Throw out Pakatan

Don’t give the opposition another term, the prime minister tells the people in Selangor.

(Bernama) – Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak today said the opposition pact – Pakatan Rakyat – should not be given an “extension” to govern Selangor as it had not fulfilled the promises it made to the people of the state and in fact had burdened them with more problems.

He said Selangor had progressed because of the policies and infrastructure implemented by the Barisan Nasional (BN) government before the opposition came to power in the state (in the last general election) and thus they should not “claim credit” for the hard work put in by the BN.

“We admit we might have made some mistakes which caused the people to not support us (BN). But we have learnt from our past mistakes and apologise to the people of Selangor if we had made mistakes.

“And we pledge that as a result, and our awareness of it, we will rise up withrenewed vigour to change the landscape of Selangor so that under the BN, we will move forward to a future that is much better,” he said when launching the Selangor BN election machinery here.

In his speech which lasted about 30 minutes, Najib, who is also Selangor BN chairman, said since two weeks ago, he had gone down to the ground in Perak, Malacca and Kedah and today was in Selangor, and found the mood in the country now was for the BN to win big when the general election comes.

The heavy rain that fell before the prime minister’s arrival at around 5pm did not dampen the morale of the BN supporters present to hear the message from Najib, who was on a one-day visit to Selangor.

Calling the crowd “Selangor BN’s army”, Najib said the BN could wrest back Selangor if the “army” was beefed up further, courageous, smart and willing to work harder than anyone else.

“The spirit is there, the objectives are clear, the planning is in place… everything is in our favour… let us sound the battle-cry,” said Najib in full fervour to thunderous applause from the crowd.

Najib also said BN members must accept the top leadership’s decision in selecting candidates for the coming general election and give their full support to those chosen when it was called.

“Don’t sabotage our own party, because if we do that, it is like scoring an own goal, and when this happens we will lose and then we will have only ourselves to blame,” he said.

“Four years (under the opposition in Selangor) is enough, let’s not give them another term because it will be difficult to win back the state after that. This is our best chance to return Selangor to the BN,” he said.

Najib also reminded the candidates to look after the interests of all races and not just any particular race as this would be the basis in ensuring victory for the BN.

According to him, the BN’s fighting spirit took a beating after the political tsunami in the last general election (2008).

“But in these four years, we have rebuilt the BN election machinery, our fighting sprit is back and we are raring to go,” he said.