PENANG: Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi hopes that there will not be any act of sabotage by Barisan Nasional members who are not re-nominated for the next general election.
He said the elected representatives had pledged to uphold party unity against personal interests even if they were dropped as candidates for the election.
“Insya Allah (God willing), we do not have members who will sabotage the party’s chances of winning in the general election,” he said after opening the inaugural Deputy Prime Minister’s Cup nine-a-side football championship at Dewan Milenium yesterday.
He was asked to comment on the recent pledge by Barisan elected representatives to support the party even if they were not given a chance to contest.
Abdullah said he was satisfied with the preparations for the general election, adding that they were going smoothly.
“What is important is victory for the party and not for individual interest. A party victory is for all,” he said.
Later when asked about ties between MCA and Gerakan in Penang, Abdullah said: “It is getting better and I am happy with it.”
Gerakan deputy president Datuk Seri Kerk Choo Ting who attended the championship said the party acknowledged Umno as its “eldest brother” and the rest, including MCA, MIC and PPP, as its “elder and younger brothers.”
“We hope to work closer with the MCA under its new leadership to ensure the victory of the Barisan in the coming general election,” he added.
Barisan Youth chief Datuk Hishammuddin Hussein, who was also present at the event, said the over 3,000-strong turnout at the championship disproved allegations by the opposition that youths did not support the Barisan.
Just as Barisan’s component parties stood firm and united, the people should also remain united to achieve national integration, he said.
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