Umno information chief Tan Sri Annuar Musa delivers his speech during the launch of Kedah Umno branches annual general meeting. Pix by SHARUL HAFIZ ZAM.

JERLUN: Kedah Umno must defend the state at all cost in the next general election as Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak regards Kedah as the heart of Umno, said its information chief Tan Sri Annuar Musa.

Annuar said Najib, who is also Umno president, has specifically told him that the Barisan Nasional success in wresting Kedah from the Opposition in the 13th General Election must be defended in the upcoming general polls.

As such, Annuar reminded the crowd of 5,000 Umno branch leaders from all over Kedah today to remind its party members at the grassroots level on their duty in defending Kedah from the Opposition onslaught.

“The Prime Minister has ordered me to give a special focus on Kedah because we must make sure that Umno leadership from the state level down to division and branch levels will work hard to defend the state,” he said in his speech at the launching of Kedah Umno branches annual general meeting in Alor Biak here today.

The meeting was launched by Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah, who is also the state Umno liaison committee chairman.

Present were his deputy Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid, state Umno secretary Datuk Mohd Rozai Shafian, its treasurer Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Rahim, and Minister in the Prime Minister Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom.

Annuar said in order to defend the state, Kedah Umno must stick to the 5Ps principle – parti, pemimpin, setiakawan, pengundi and perjuangan (the party, leaders, friendship, voters and the party’s fight).

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