KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 12 — The next general election cannot be won on Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s “likeable” personality alone, Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz has said.
The influential former Wanita Umno chief has cautioned that although she is “optimistic” that Barisan Nasional (BN) can win the upcoming polls, the coalition needed to work on its machinery to guarantee a good victory margin.
“I must tell you, our leader (Datuk Seri) Najib (Razak) is very well received. People like him. He is a likeable fellow. And I think he is very genuine about being close to the rakyat.
“But we don’t go to elections based on one man’s popularity. If it’s possible to carry his name in all the ‘kawasan’, then we would win big. But it can’t. It’s not possible. And he cannot be everywhere to campaign,” she said in an interview with the News Straits Times today.
The prime minister’s popularity, said the former international trade and industry minister needed to be matched with a solid BN machinery to ensure a clean victory in the 13th GE.
“In order for us to get a good margin, we have to be on the ground working.
“But we’re lucky we have that...people’s attachment to Najib. But every division will have to work hard at it. We have to attend to their (the people’s) needs,” Rafidah told NST.
Despite several scandal involving senior Umno leaders plaguing his administration, Najib has remained likeable and popular as PM, according to several surveys.