KUALA LUMPUR: Umno wants to lead Barisan Nasional to regain its two-thirds parliamentary majority in the 14th general election, vowing it will not let Putrajaya change hands.
To do this, Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said its members must have a winning mentality.
“Umno shall not lose. Umno shall not be defeated. We shall not allow Putrajaya to change hands.
“In this GE14, we have set big goals. We do not want a win just to form the government with a simple majority.
“We want to command two-thirds of the parliamentary seats with an even bigger majority,” Dr Ahmad Zahid said in his address at the joint opening of the three party wings’ meetings – Wanita Umno, Umno Youth and Puteri Umno – here last night.
Delivering a speech that focused squarely on the general election, Dr Ahmad Zahid, who is carrying out the duties of the party deputy president, shared with delegates what he called the three “A”s that would lead Umno to a big win.
“The first A is action, the second A is action and the third A is action.
“When the president (Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak) calls for action, mobilise the election machinery without any excuses,” he said.
Dr Ahmad Zahid reminded the three party wings to work together to achieve a huge symbolic victory of “2314”, denoting a two-thirds win at the GE14.
Umno’s general election candidates, he said, would be selected based on qualities, including being winnable, likeable, capable, trustworthy and intelligent.
Umno, he added, must also now focus all its energy and efforts on reaching out to individual voters using the micro-targeting approach as well as ensuring that all those who supported the party and Barisan go out to cast their ballots on polling day.
“The style of politics must also change, suited to the aspirations and the passing of time,” he said.
Dr Ahmad Zahid said he, along with fellow vice-president Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein and secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, would be visiting the states to ensure that the party’s election machinery was ready.
Turning his attention to addressing the Malay community, Dr Ahmad Zahid urged them to realise what voting for Barisan meant.
“Know this, my people, one vote for Barisan Nasional means one vote for the formation of a reliable, responsible federal government.”