KUALA LUMPUR – UMNO and Barisan Nasional (BN) should avoid making the mistakes they did in the last general election when they fell victims to the opposition’s politics of perception and lies, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
The UMNO president cum BN chairman said in the last general election, the opposition played up false news to tarnish the image of BN and the government in the eyes of the people, through what was known as the battle of perception.
“Everybody knows UMNO is not weak. In fact, we still win and able to add 79 to the 88 parliamentary seats (in GE13), but because of the opposition’s ugly game, we became the victim of perception politics.
“This is what is called the battle of perception and we were almost defeated by the game, although in reality and facts, we are on the right track and earnest in our struggle, compared to the opposition who are full of drama and only good at play acting,” he said.
Najib said this when delivering the policy speech at the 2017 UMNO General Assembly at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) here today.