Najib urges factional leaders not to sabotage own party

Umno delegates told to quell in-fighting to regain two-thirds majority in next polls

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak (in foreground) rallying the delegates with slogans after his speech at the concluding session of Umno's annual general assembly. Mr Najib must hold a general election before April next year. -- PHOTO: AFP

Prime Minister Najib Razak is confident that his ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition will regain its two-thirds majority in Parliament if his Umno party gives him its full support at the upcoming general election.

Closing the last Umno annual assembly before the next polls, he made an impassioned appeal to his party's grassroots leaders not to sabotage their own party if their choice of candidates are not selected for the polls.

"That's our target, we need to achieve the two-thirds majority, and we will go all out to achieve that," Mr Najib told reporters after the closing ceremony yesterday.

He said he believed that Umno has regained momentum, and can sustain it until the "big day".

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A united front

"When we are at war, our army must be strong and united. I believe that the enemy is not strong, I am confident that the people will choose Umno and BN. What I am a bit worried about, just a little bit, are the issues amongst ourselves. The atmosphere here has been wonderful but (it's challenging) to carry this spirit until the election."

Prime Minister Najib Razak, on remaining united as a party in preparation for the coming election