KUALA TERENGGANU: The Barisan Nasional candidates for the 13th general election will be announced at the appropriate time after taking into account strategic issues, said Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
These issues included determining whether the announcement of the candidates should be made early, probably to give the candidates a head start, he told reporters after a special meeting with Terengganu administrative officers and professionals, here.
Muhyiddin, who is Barisan deputy chairman and Umno deputy president, was commenting on a recent call by the Pahang Umno for the leadership to announce the candidates early to facilitate a better organised electoral campaign.
"We cannot make a decision to say now is the time or when the appropriate time is. We have to consider the situation and the relevant candidates. We have to have a strategic stand.
"When the prime minister wants to make that decision, he will take into account the strategic issues.
"Will an early announcement give us an advantage or are there other matters to be considered?" he said. Muhyiddin said it was important that after the announcement of the candidates, all quarters should abide by and accept the decision.
On Friday, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said that Barisan had identified the candidates but the list was not final because it was an ongoing process right up to the election.
Earlier, in his address at the gathering, Muhyiddin advised civil servants not to do anything which could be damaging to the government and the people.
He said the government helmed by Najib was transparent and accepted constructive criticism in bringing about transformation to the country. - Bernama