Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Umno needs help for voter support, party leaders admit

Umno is at the brink of extinction , grass root support has dwindled tremendously mainly due to the present crop of MTs spearheading the party . Prime Minister Najib is confronted with the inevitable reality ,    the flaws  caused by imprudence on the part of an umno leadership that, throughout  the years have been  offered  something precious but are unable to appreciate its worth . A valuable gift of governing the nation presented by the people to a group of self-serving dissidents    who respond  by abusing or defiling it. Up against a brick wall , Prime Minister Najib should pay solace and be reminded of an ancient phrase  which  is still current today. " Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast your pearls before swine, lest haply they trample them under " - Danil Daud

 

Umno needs help for voter support, party leaders admit

November 22, 2011
Dr Mahathir warned Umno that keeping Perkasa at arm’s length may cost it the key Malay vote. — File pic
 
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 22 — Umno needs to be “calculative” and befriend as many groups and organisations as possible to gain voter support in time for the upcoming polls, party leaders have said. Top Umno leaders said the party could not afford to be “picky” about which groups to align itself with, and that everything must be done with only one goal in mind: winning the next election.
Some appeared to agree with remarks made by former Umno president Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed, who said the party could not afford to make enemies of groups like Perkasa if it wanted to regain crucial Malay votes.
“We need to be calculative with whom to associate ourselves with; the criteria is those who can bring more support to the party,” Tangga Batu MP Datuk Idris Haron told The Malaysian Insider.
“Anything we do must have a political dividend.”
The Umno supreme council member said there was no point ignoring or marginalising certain groups when these could help Umno gain voter support, especially among the Malays.
“We cannot be too particular. What is important is that we win the elections,” he added.
Kota Belud MP Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan said that Umno had over the years proven that it fought for not just the Malays but for other races as well.
“Umno is the single largest party and it’s the backbone of the government. So whatever we say will impact the nation,” he told The Malaysian Insider.
The Umno leader said that although Malays should always be prioritised, the party needed to be mindful of its actions as these could affect the future of Barisan Nasional (BN).
“We are friendly to everybody,” said Abdul Rahman.
Another Umno leader, Datuk Bung Mokhtar Radin, said that it was crucial for Umno to cosy up to groups like Perkasa, and that such a move would strengthen Malay support for Umno before the upcoming polls.
“Yes, we need to be friendly to Perkasa, but Umno also needs to be friendly to everybody,” he added.
Umno is heading into what is likely to be its last annual assembly before a general election expected early next year.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is said to need a marked improvement from the last polls to retain his position and only a return of BN’s customary two-thirds majority of Parliament can guarantee he remains in office.
BN ceded 82 federal seats and four state governments to the opposition in the landmark March 2008 election.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Pro-BN online users our new army, says Najib

Pro-BN online users our new army, says Najib

November 20, 2011
Datuk Seri Najib hails social media users in the country, calling them BN's 'new army' - file pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 20 — Datuk Seri Najib Razak today voiced his unconditional support towards pro-Barisan Nasional bloggers and social media users, calling them Barisan Nasional’s (BN) “new army.” 
The BN chief said that the online world is the new battlefront between the opposition and BN and that many people now visited websites, portals and blogs as a means to access information.
“Barisan Nasional recognises you all, social media practitioners. You are our fighters, our new army,” Najib said today after launching 1 Malaysia Social Media Convention here.
The prime minister said that BN leaders and members need to be able to adapt to changing times by becoming affluent with social media if it wanted to remain relevant.
Social media has become increasingly important politically with 11.3 million Malaysians on Facebook in the middle of the year, a figure that continues to grow.
Najib told attendees here, mostly pro-BN bloggers that they need to explain to Malaysians online of the government’s efforts and successes and also to combat the “lies and half-truths” of the opposition.
“This is the role of the online warrior, who will go to the ground online using their blackberries, laptops, Ipads.
“If we cannot tackle this new wave, we will be swept away,” said Najib.
He said that he himself was an active online user and strived to keep abreast with the latest technological innovations.
As an example, Najib said that he recorded a live recording of himself during his recent Haj pilgrimage using his Iphone 4 and it was broadcast to the public on national television.
“If we cannot defend ourselves against the opposition, by default we will lose,” added the PM.
Also present at the function was Dr Novandri Hasan Bari, a Penang Umno leader and blogger known for his attacks against the Penang government.
One of the convention’s committee members, P. Kamalanathan told a news conference later that the event today attracted almost 2,000 participants.
The Hulu Selangor MP said that the convention aimed among other things to promote good ethics in blogging, tweeting as well as Facebooking.
A recent survey by global information and analytics provider Nielsen last month found that Malaysians spend on average of 20 hours online each week.
Nielsen’s analysis covered 1, 321 frequent digital users in Malaysia who used the Internet for four weeks in October

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