MACHANG: No more sabotage and clannish pride, Datuk Seri Najib Razak told Kelantan Umno leaders and members here yesterday.
The deputy prime minister and deputy Umno leader did not mince words as he exhorted the party faithful to stop the infighting that had hobbled the Barisan Nasional's chances in the past.
Najib said bluntly that subversion and factionalism in the party's ranks had cost it the state in 2004, and had to be scotched for the BN to win Kelantan.
If the BN candidates and their supporters truly wanted a change for the state, he said it would have to start from their hearts.
Najib, however, praised the top state BN leaders for their spirit of co-operation, singling out state BN and Umno liaison chief Datuk Seri Annuar Musa for his willingness to step aside for Deputy Finance Minister and Bachok parliamentary incumbent Datuk Dr Awang Adek Hussin to become menteri besar should the BN win. Awang Adek will be defending his seat against Pas deputy president Nasharuddin Mat Isa and contesting the Pas-held Perupok state seat.
"Annuar said he was also willing to act as campaign manager for Awang Adek during the campaign period. This is the spirit of co-operation that we want with the big three all in one boat," he said, referring to the top state leaders who also include Higher Education Minister Datuk Mustapa Mohamed. MORE nstonline’s here
ELECTION 2008: BN can't stand to see Kelantan lag behind: PASIR MAS: Kelantanese should not let their fear of change prevent them from enjoying the benefits of development, the Deputy Prime Minister said. Datuk Seri Najib Razak said if the people allowed their worry over the negative impact of development to get the better of them, they would remain stagnant."Kelantan should not use its social ills as a reason to reject development," said Najib."It would be even worse for the poor here as they would remain sidelined with inadequate housing and roads, and the youth will continue to migrate elsewhere in search of jobs," he said.An estimated 300,000 Kelantanese youth are working outside the state. Najib said that the people should give themselves a chance to try out what the Barisan Nasional had to offer if it is allowed to rule the state."Just give us a term and see what we can do in that four or five years. If you still feel that we have not delivered, then you have the power to choose others. Four years is not a long time. But if you remain with Pas, you will get more of the same."
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