MCA, Gerakan and other Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties are ready to face the next general election (GE14) with the support that Umno will give them.

Speaking to media on the sidelines of the Umno General Assembly at the Putra World Trade Centre, MCA president Liow Tiong Lai said that Umno has always looked after all races.

“Despite being a race-based party, Umno will champion the rights of all races. This is part of BN’s core stand to always cooperate with a spirit of harmony and consensus.

“These are the principles that will guarantee our future,” said Liow, who is also transport minister.

He added that much work is already underway in view of GE14, which must be called by June next year.

“We are prepared for the next GE and we have laid down programmes and training for our members.

“More importantly we are on the ground at our constituencies all the time to ensure our candidates are popular candidates,” he said.

Gerakan president Mah Siew Kong agreed, saying that Prime Minister Najib Razak is the main driver behind this cooperation within BN.

“He has always reminded us to work together to face the elections,” he said, adding that Gerakan was also ready for GE14.

He said Gerakan candidates were ready but did not wish to elaborate on what had been decided by the party in terms of candidates and constituencies that it planned to contest in.

Meanwhile, referring to Najib’s keynote speech, Umno youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin said Najib reminded the party on what was at stake in GE14.

“The next general election deals with the future of the country. I believe his speech was not just directed at Umno delegates but at all people in Malaysia,” the youth and sports minister told reporters.

Seven million BN members a strong force

MyPPP president M Kayveas believes that Najib’s message in his speech was to tell the opposition that the three million Umno members and seven million BN members are a strong force.

“His advice to us was to ensure that voters select the right government come GE14. His message was really clear that if you make a mistake in the coming election, the country can be destroyed,” he said.

Kayveas added that the opposition seemed to be just a leadership of personalities.

“The opposition were only working for their own self gain and they have no plan for the future generations to come or the development of the country in the future.”

Kayveas also expressed confidence that BN would fare much better than they did in the last general election in 2013.

“Looking at the political environment now, BN component parties will do much better than the last general election and we are confident that the people will give a strong mandate to BN.

“The opposition are lost because they all have personal agendas in order to hold power.”-FMT

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