KUALA LUMPUR – The year 2017 has seen the country’s political landscape goes into election mode with the ruling political coalition Barisan Nasional (BN) showing a strong determination and desire to retain power in the country.
Despite the emergence of new parties challenging UMNO and BN’s ability to stay ahead at the 14th general election (GE14) expected to be held next year, the strong solidarity among the members revealed that the ruling coalition was more confident to face the election war.
Being the BN’s backbone party, UMNO, which has just held its general assembly earlier this month, which is the last before GE14, is now highly charged and all geared up after the election siren and war drums were sounded by the party leadership.
During the five-day general assembly at the Putra World Trade Centre, UMNO president and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak succeeded in instilling confidence in the minds of the delegates that UMNO would face the election as a strong, credible party.
At present, BN holds 132 parliamentary seats with UMNO representing 86 of it, while the opposition hold 88 parliamentary seats with two represented by Independent elected representatives.