KUALA LUMPUR, March 10 (Bernama) -- Following is the statement in full issued by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Abdul Razak pertaining to the outcome of Saturday's general election.
"The 12th general election was conducted in a smooth and transparent manner in accordance with the democratic practice of the country.
"The people of Malaysia have expressed their stand and made their choice, and we are grateful that the Barisan Nasional (BN) has been given the mandate to administer the country.
"Although the BN is disappointed over its failure to retain power in five states as well as its failure to obtain a two-third majority (in Parliament), we accept the people's decision with an open heart.
"We will continue to strive to regain the confidence of the people.
"We ask Umno members to close ranks in facing this challenge.
"As the Deputy President, I will assist the YAB President in facing this big challenge."-- BERNAMA