Najib wants BN ‘wall’ around Putrajaya

Putrajaya was financed by and belongs to Petronas, which leases it to the government. — Reuters picPutrajaya was financed by and belongs to Petronas, which leases it to the government. — Reuters picPUTRAJAYA, Sept 1 — Datuk Seri Najib Razak today called on members of all Barisan Nasional (BN) parties to together erect a “political barrier” to foil the attempt by Pakatan Rakyat (PR) to capture Putrajaya in the next general election.

The prime minister said that in the process, the BN should emerge as the coalition that would be not only victorious but also win big and in style.

“They (the opposition) may flaunt the ‘Road to Putrajaya’ slogan, but we want to stop their march to Putrajaya. We do not wish to set up a police roadblock, but we will put up a political roadblock because they are not qualified to occupy the seat of Putrajaya.

“We are the ones who developed Putrajaya. They are not eligible because they have uttered lie after lie. They have not fulfilled promises, and many of their so-called plans are left hanging,” he said when opening the Putrajaya Umno Division delegates meeting, here.

Najib’s wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, and BN and Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, who is also Putrajaya Umno Division chief and Putrajaya MP, were also present at the event.

Najib said the Umno division here was the symbolic representative of the Federal Territory of Putrajaya and, as such, the success or failure of the division would be a determinant in the effort to safeguard the reins of the country.

“Therefore, we must strengthen Putrajaya Umno. We must be spirited, and never tire and cannot tire, in continuing with our struggle.

“We must ensure that we will not retreat an inch or even for a second, but will march forward to ensure a more glorious future for the country,” he said.

Najib said Umno’s struggle ran parallel to the struggle for independence, even with the need to deal with various challenges while negotiating a difficult path.

“Many had predicted that the country will have to put up with a difficult journey to become a successful country, but it is evident after 55 years of independence that the predictions were totally misplaced. Today, our country is regarded as a model for success,” he said. — Bernama


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