KUALA LUMPUR: Umno's acting No. 2 wants the party’s election machinery to focus on a promising game-plan that could help Barisan Nasional come out from the 14th General Election victorious.
The catch phrase that is to be the mantra for Umno soldiers is - “Retain and Regain”.
Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi in his winding-up speech at the end of the party’s annual assembly today, spelt out clearly the
roles that all, including the party’s top echelon had taken on and what they would be doing on the ground, as the election loomed.
Zahid, who is carrying out the deputy president post said he had been entrusted by party president Datuk Seri Najib Razak to mobilise the election machinery operations.
He told the delegates that the machinery from the polling centres, state seats, right up to parliament constituencies were ready for the GE14.
"The “Supervision Programme” led by Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor is working well to achieve the targeted seats that we want to retain and regain.
"We do not want to lose the seats that we have in hand and end up not getting the seats that we are after," he said.
Zahid added that any issues or disputes regarding seat allocation would be discussed at the BN Supreme Council, based on the spirit of compromise and co-operation. The council he said would also tackle issues concerning candidates.
He told the assembly that vice-president Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussien would set a Key Performance Index (KPI) based on the party’s Election Operation Manual and that the party machinery would ensure that every elegible voter to cast their vote on polling day.
"In order to avoid disruption to the election machinery’s operations or possible sabotage, a back up machinery will be set up for the polling centres.
"We will also set up the Conflict Resolution Committee (CRC), the brainchild of the party president, to troubleshoot problems at both state and Parliamentary seats," he said.
Zahid reminded the party election machinery at polling centres nationwide to fully embrace the "Go Out To Vote" (GOTV) campaign, which also applies to all BN components.
He also told the assembly that the party’s internal training programme, KERIS 2314 series 1.0 and 2.0 involving more than 50,000 Umno leaders and members, had been completed.
Zahid then reminded Umno members to accept the party leadership’s decision on general election candidates, stressing that internal sabotage should be avoided at all cost, as the party would be facing the mother of all general elections.
He made it clear that Umno should not be complacent and assume that the party stood a good chance of winning because the opposition is divided.
"Umno must not be complacent if the fight goes beyond two-corners fight because in certain constituencies, it may not work in favour of BN.
"We must strengthen the party from within, instead of depending on the external factors as the opposition will use whatever means to win, they are surviving on issues while BN is 'agenda centric'," Zahid said in his fiery speech.
Zahid also warned Umno members of the opposition's surprised last-minute attacks, saying that this might influence fence-sitters would consider returning the mandate to BN.
"Our election machinery must be ready to counter the opposition’s lies and slanders by making good use of the social media.
"Remember, we must refrain from attacking each other and we must work as a team with a winning mentality," he said.
Zahid then led Umno delegates in taking a pledge of loyalty to the party by avoiding. They also swore against sabotaging the party.
"We will abide by the decision of the president and the party leadership on the choice of candidates for the next general election.
"We will work hard in a united team to secure a two-third majority in the next general election.
"We will make sure that BN retains power and we will never surrender Putrajaya to the Opposition."