State BN chairman and Melaka Umno liasion chairman Datuk Seri Idris Haron said using the method in certain constituencies will assist "weaker component parties" to win the 14th General Election (GE14). Pic by NSTP/KHAIRUNISAH LOKMAN

MELAKA: State Barisan Nasional today described "direct candidates" formula proposed by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi as "timely".

Its state BN chairman and Melaka Umno liasion chairman Datuk Seri Idris Haron said using the method in certain constituencies will assist "weaker component parties" to win the 14th General Election (GE14).

He said the formula, which was adopted during the Sarawak state elections last year, was to ensure that all component parties were moving on the right track and in the same direction of ensuring BN's victory.

"What was proposed by the Umno vice president is timely.

"I once mentioned that there are some constituencies where we know that fielding a (party) candidate will result in a loss.

"You know for sure that you will be defeated the moment you enter the ring. So why do you still enter it?," he said, after officiating Taman Vista Belimbing affordable homes in Durian Tunggal here, today.

The "direct candidate" refers to a candidate who is given the privilege of contesting under the BN banner using the coalition's 'dacing' (weighing scale) logo instead of the candidate's own party logo.

Zahid said this in an interview with the New Straits Times and Berita Harian recently in calling for Umno to iron out internal issues to face GE14.

"The party's upper echelon has looked at this (direct candidate formula) in a wider and more comprehensive perspective. They believe that 'direct candidates' will give BN an edge (over the opposition).

"This is also considered as a 'tactical withdrawal' technique, where we are to ensure (BN)'s victory first before we discuss other matters,” he said.

Tactical withdrawal refers to a type of military operation, generally meaning retreating forces back while maintaining contact with the enemy.

Idris also suggested the party to also consider "rewarding" or "compensating" disappointed candidates who are not fielded so that they would not go against the party.

"If the leadership think that we can win using a certain method, then we proceed with that first. Because after winning the elections, then we will reap the benefits later." he said.

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