KUALA LUMPUR: Barisan Nasional is looking to secure a two-thirds majority or 148 seats in the coming general election and to achieve that, the coalition must be prepared to reform itself, says Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said (pic).
“Politics is all about numbers and we want 148 seats, that is a two-thirds majority.
“If we go in (the elections) with Barisan’s present form, we may not get 148, maybe 90 to 100.
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“This means that our mindset for the 15th General Election must be ready for the reform agenda,” said the Pengerang MP during a forum at the Barisan Convention at the World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday (June 1) morning.
Barisan had secured a two-thirds majority in the Melaka state election last November and the Johor state election in March.
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Azalina said this involves ensuring a realistic manifesto, implementing the anti party-hopping Act before GE15, having in place a political financing Act, having no political appointees as the attorney general and a two-term limit on a prime minister’s tenure.
“For 22 months, they (Pakatan Harapan) were the government. But they did not fulfil any manifesto pledges.
“Today, Barisan is about 40% of the present government and yet, we still give our best.
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“Can you imagine if Barisan was 100% the government?” she questioned.
Azalina, in concluding her remarks, said Barisan must fulfil its pledges if it wants to remain relevant in politics.
“People want bigger changes. So we must walk the talk,” said Azalina.
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Scores of Barisan leaders and supporters, clad in blue, are currently at WTC KL for the Barisan convention on Wednesday (June 1).
Top Barisan leaders are scheduled to deliver speeches later today.