Sunday, February 10, 2008

"Since nobody wants No. 13, I take it...I want to take No. 8, everybody has taken it. So I take No. 13"

February 10, 2008 16:28 PM

Service Record Main Criteria For Candidacy, Says Abdullah

BUTTERWORTH, Feb 10 (Bernama) -- Barisan Nasional (BN) elected representatives' service record to the people since the last general election will be the basis for selection of candidates.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said he had received their performance report cards and would study them before deciding on the candidates to be fielded in the upcoming 12th general election.

"The report cards have been sent for my perusal and I will see what they (assemblymen and members of parliament) have done," he told reporters after meeting Penang Umno divisional youth leaders and chairing Kepala Batas Umno division meeting.

To a question on when Parliament would be dissolved, the Umno president and BN chairman, said: "Don't worry. When I decide to dissolve Parliament, I'll call for a press conference to announce the dissolution. Just wait."

On speculation that Parliament would be dissolved on Wednesday (Feb 13), Abdullah said in jest: "13...you all like 13, Why?"

Asked whether No. 13 was his favourite number, the Prime Minister said: "Yes, I like that number because nobody wants it because of superstitution. Usually, people rush to get No. 8.

"Since nobody wants No. 13, I take it...I want to take No. 8, everybody has taken it. So I take No. 13," he said.

Neither denying nor confirming No. 13 with the dissolution of Parliament, Abdullah said: "Up to you...if you want to link No. 13, you can link."

On the series of Umno meetings he had chaired since coming to Penang on Friday, the Prime Minister said he had asked party leaders at the meetings to be ready for the general election.

"Very high mood here in Penang, I'm happy, I must continue to work hard," he said.

Abdullah said the Penang BN had not submitted its candidates' line-up for the general election.

"Penang has not sent, even from other states have not come, they're preparing the list," he added.

-- BERNAMA