,Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob says BN members need to stop attacking each other and focus on fighting the opposition at the next general election. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, July 2, 2022.足球投注平台（www.hg9988.vip）是皇冠体育官方投注平台，开放皇冠信用网代理申请、信用网会员开户，线上投注的官方平台。
PRIME Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said he is a Barisan Nasional (BN) prime minister, therefore any attack on him would weaken the coalition’s leadership, in a speech in Kota Kinabalu last night.
Ismail added that he was also the prime minister in charge of leading the federal government and any attack on him was an attack on the government.
“I was not meant to give my speech today, I was given tomorrow’s slot (at the Sabah BN convention) but I apologise for being unable to attend… I am speaking tonight although only for five minutes because someone has said that I have been denied the opportunity to speak.
“What happened tonight clearly shows outside parties trying to sow disunity among us,” he said during his speech at the BN supreme council members dinner together with Sabah BN leadership at the Umno building in Karamunsing.
Ismail said, as the next general election draws near, outside parties were trying their hardest to split BN unity.
He said all BN members needed to work towards unity and not attack each other.
“Why should we attack each other, except when we want to take on each other during party elections? That’s why character assassination happens, because we want to ‘kill’ each other, as we will compete against one another.
“Yet when we have decided there will be no contests among ourselves before a general election, we have to focus on the polls, I will discuss with the Umno supreme leadership, discuss with the BN leadership what we will decide then,” he said.
He said even though it is not known when the next election will take place, all BN members should be prepared and assume it will be held tomorrow.
Ismail said the Sabah BN convention will be an avenue to prepare the coalition for the general election.
“I asked Sabah BN chairman Bung Moktar Radin and he said: ‘Sabah tatap ready’... my friends and I in the government have many issues (that need) to be settled, rising prices, costs of living.
“The opposition will build the momentum against the government, to raise people’s sentiment against the government when they get the idea that polls will be held soon,” he added.
He said the government will continue to try to ensure prices do not rise too high to ensure Malaysians will not face too much pressure and more than RM70 billion has been spent in subsidies for selected products to control rising prices. – Bernama, July 2, 2022.