GEORGE TOWN, Nov 22 — Penang Umno Youth chief Dr Shaik Hussein Mydin has been appointed to head the state Barisan Nasional elections machinery.
He will be implementing the strategic planning for the campaign period as he will not be fielded as a candidate in the upcoming elections, said state BN chief Teng Chang Yeow.
Teng said Shaik, who is also Bagan Umno Youth chief, will not be fielded as the seats in the Bagan constituency are traditionally MCA seats.
“Since he will not be contending, he will be helping us to do the strategic planning during the campaign period as I will be a candidate and concentrating on my campaign,” Teng said after officiating the closing ceremony of a BN Wanita elections machinery workshop here today.
He said BN faced repeated “attacks” in the previous elections and was not fully prepared.
“This time around, we have to be more prepared with proper planning in facing this upcoming battle,” he said.
Teng said BN will go into the elections with a different approach as it had learnt a bitter lesson in 2008.
”This time around we will be more prepared and effective in our campaigning,”he said.
One of the new strategies this time around is that there will no longer be separate approaches or campaigning by the three BN component parties.
“Unlike the previous elections, this time all candidates, regardless of which component party he is from, will be campaigning as a BN candidate and not as a candidate from Gerakan or MCA or MIC or Umno.”
He said there will no longer be any emphasis on each component but instead the whole campaign will focus on a united front.
Teng also called on all BN members to give their full support to the BN candidates once the Prime Minister confirm the candidates list.
“Please show a united front and give all your support to the candidates, at least until after the elections,” he said in his speech earlier.
He said if anyone has any grouses against any of the candidates, they should keep it to themselves until after the elections.
“Let’s just concentrate on our elections campaign first by supporting our BN candidates and you can criticise the candidates all you want after the elections.”
He also said the intended candidates have now been mobilised and are going out on the ground for house to house visits.
“We now have to work doubly hard to win this coming elections,” he said.