PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein says he now has more time to contribute due to not being in the Cabinet.
“For my fellow leaders, especially from Barisan Nasional, who are members of the Cabinet, I wish you the best of luck.
“I know this new government must address and resolve various issues and challenges that are very urgent for the sake of the people and the country.
“Among them, the cost of living and the current economic position.
“I pray that all efforts by those who are given trust and responsibility, will be made easier,” the Sembrong MP said in a Facebook post on Friday (Dec 9).
Hishammuddin said that it was important to understand the dynamics of support given to Barisan especially in working on the survival and future of the party.
He added that he had been studying and researching the results of the recent two by-elections to see the mood and sentiments of the people, especially the direction of support given.
“The elections for the Tioman state legislative assembly and the Padang Serai parliament seats have just been completed.
“It is important to understand the dynamics of the support especially in working on the survival and future of the party.
“What's more, it depends a lot on grassroots members who have been loyal to the struggle and the people's acceptance of Barisan Nasional.
“This must be noted because I believe that even in our struggle, we should never disappoint those who have been loyal to the party,” he said.
He added that the party must continue to step forward to fight although it would not be easy.
“I don't want to point the finger of blame at anyone and I don't want to blame the party either.
“I will continue to fight and will remain steadfast for Umno - then, now and forever,” he pledged.
After the 15th General Election, Hishamuddin had stood his ground on not having Barisan cooperate with Pakatan Harapan to form the Federal Government after seeing no coalition securing a simple majority in Parliament.
However, on Nov 24, the Umno supreme council unanimously decided to support and follow the King's advice for Barisan to support and take part in a unity government.