TUMPAT: Suitable candidates, strong machinery and a united Barisan Nasional are key factors to ensure victory for the coalition in the 14th general election, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said.
Najib, who is Barisan chairman, said the combination of the three factors was proven with the big win for Barisan in the Pengkalan Kubor state by-election on Sept 25.
"The candidate has to be right... choose the candidate favoured by voters," he said at a 'Leader with the People Session: An Evening with the Prime Minister' at the Kampung Geting community service centre in Pengkalan Kubor here on Saturday.
Taking the example of selecting Mat Razi Mat Ail as the Barisan candidate in the by-election, Najib said he fulfilled the needs of voters as he had a respectable image apart from his knowledge on religion as well as being a teacher at a private religious school.
Najib said the strong election machinery also contributed to the success as all parties worked as a team.
Najib pointed out that unity in Umno and among component parties without any feelings of jealousy had to be the core spirit to ensure victory for Barisan.
The Prime Minister stressed that the formula for Barisan's win in Pengkalan Kubor would be the watershed for Kelantan Barisan in GE14.
He called on Kelantan Barisan to work harder to win the people's support.
He thanked Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Pengkalan Kubor by-election machinery director, Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed, and the entire machinery who worked hard to ensure Barisan is firmly rooted in the constituency.
In the by-election last month, Mat Razi defeated Wan Rosdi Wan Ibrahim of PAS and independent Izat Bukhary Ismail by a majority of 2,635 votes. - Bernama