KUALA LUMPUR- Barisan Nasional will abide by whatever decision made by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong with regards to the 14th general election.
In saying this, BN chairman Datuk Seri Najib Razak also asked the people to remain calm and place their faith in the King.
He said the decision now rested with the King, as no one party had won a clear majority.
“This was an election which saw a tough fight. But this is a manifestation of the democracy we practice.
“There were many ‘weapons’ which were used, including slander and sedition, such as that BN would cheat during GE14.
“But there was no cheating… even though (it went to the extent) that there were messages that a National Security Council meeting would be held to declare a state of emergency.
“Since 2009, the BN government worked to increase the standard of living for the people and pave the way forward for future generations. There were many benefits from the trickle down economic effects… in fact, this development (of the country) was recognised by world bodies.
“Despite this, perhaps what was offered was not up to the mark compared to the manifesto offered by the opposition which offered other things,” he told reporters at Menara Dato Onn.
Flanked by BN deputy chairman Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, Najib said he was aware that there were deficiencies in the administration of the country, and accepted the decision of the people.
“BN is committed to respecting the principles of a parliamentary democracy. I feel blessed to have been able to lead this country. I would like to thank all BN leaders, grassroots and Umno leaders who worked tirelessly during GE14.
“Winning 79 seats is still a mandate from the people and (these seats) needs to be looked after well.”
Najib did not take any questions from the 50 or so journalists in attendance and immediately left the building.
Also present were BN secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, BN Wanita chief Tan Sri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil, BN Youth chief Khairy Jamaludin and Umno Puteri chief Datuk Mas Ermieyati Samsudin.
Reports by Azura Abas, Beatrice Nita Jay and Luqman Arif Abdul Karim- New Straits Times