BUTTERWORTH: Permatang Pauh Umno members have been told to close ranks and translate their strength into votes in the Permatang Pauh by-election on Aug 26.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said they should put their differences aside and work together to ensure victory for Barisan Nasional.
“They must put their internal problems aside. Stop thinking about Umno’s divisional election for now and fully concentrate on the Permatang Pauh by-election,” he said Saturday after meeting Permatang Pauh Umno grassroots leaders at Wisma Perkeso in Seberang Jaya here.
Najib said among Barisan’s biggest challenges was to get Umno members to remain loyal to the coalition.
He said Barisan had the necessary manpower, but it needed to maximise its capacity.
“Although we have the strength (in Permatang Pauh), we did not fully succeed in translating it into votes in the past general elections here,” he said. [more]