Najib thanks BN reps, urges unity for polls

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KUALA LUMPUR — Datuk Seri Najib Razak held a special meeting with incumbent Barisan Nasional (BN) MPs yesterday, where he thanked them for their service and called for unity ahead of polling day.

During the meeting at Seri Perdana, the BN chairman also said some leaders may be chosen to contest and others not.

He urged the BN representatives to continue supporting the ruling coalition even if they were not chosen as candidates.

“He reminded us that we each have a role to play, and that it is our duty and responsibility to support one another in helping the country progress,” incumbent Santubong MP Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar told Malay Mail.

“There will always be more opportunities for us to serve Malaysia in the future.

“In his speech, the (caretaker) prime minister praised us for doing very well in Parliament and legislature, and for our service to the rakyat. He especially thanked us for helping him support his agenda in developing the country.”

The MPs began arriving at Seri Perdana from 8am, an hour before the meeting began. Several who left later could be seen in a cheerful mood, waving their hands to the assembled press outside.

Bernama reported incumbent Arau MP and BN Perlis chairman Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim as saying the meeting was special as Najib spoke warmly about the importance of inter-party unity and loyalty to leaders.

“The prime minister reminded us, as members of Parliament, to always be together as one family,” he said.