KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 29 ― Prime Minister and Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Razak has blown the “war horn” for the party to get ready for the 14th General Elections.
Party leaders who attended the closed-door presidential briefing of this year's Umno annual general assembly said Najib had instructed the party machinery to begin the groundwork immediately.
“He told us to be prepared. He wanted us to make early preparations for the general election.
“We don't know when but the war horn had been blown for Umno to be ready for the polls,” Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin told reporters after attending the briefing at Putra World Trade Centre here.
“There were a few issues that he shared with us, which makes us understand what his position and what he had done as president.
“But what is clear is that the signal for us to be prepared at all times so we can continue to serve our race, religion and country,” party information chief Tan Sri Annuar Musa told reporters.
Annuar added that while Najib did not indicate when the national polls will be held, his message indicated that it could be near.
“He did say generally that as a party, it must be ready as elections might be called soon”.
Analysts polled recently by Malay Mail Online said this year’s Umno general assembly will likely see more pro-Malay rhetoric from both delegates and leaders in an bid to defuse any political threat from the splinter Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM).
They believe PPBM, the new Malay outfit chaired by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, has the potential to menace Umno in the next general election.
Najib had also said in an interview with a mainstream paper that Umno should not treat lightly the threat posed by PPBM.
Pundits have predicted that Najib could call for elections as early as March next year but his Barisan Nasional government has until June 2018 to complete a full term.