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KUALA LUMPUR – Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak today outlined five factors contributing to the changing trend of increasing support from young voters for the Barisan Nasional.

Firstly, he said, young people had increasing confidence in the BN administration because of the unity among its leaders, the implementation of projects for the well-being of the people, its plans for the future of the country, and its ability to ensure national stability and security.

Secondly, the opposition pact was fragmented and cooperated purely with the intention of coming to power, he said.

“Thirdly, young people are bored with the issues raised by the opposition because they are irrelevant compared to the issues brought by the BN. The BN issues are well-being of the people, and national development and security.

“Fourthly, young people cannot accept the politics of chauvinism that stretches thin the harmonious racial relations compared to the BN’s painstaking efforts to form a united Malaysian nation,” he said in a post on his blog.

Salleh said the fifth factor was that young people no longer gave much though to the political promises of the opposition but evaluated how those parties addressed various issues.

These five factors strongly motivate young voters to be with the BN. They are confident of a more secure future for the country if the BN continues to administer Malaysia, he said.

Salleh said that in the general election in 2013, some 41.98 per cent of voters between the ages of 21 and 40 were quite critical of the BN government.

However, a change in the trend was seen in the Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar parliamentary by-elections on June 18, 2016, when there was a surge in the support by young voters for the BN, he said.

He explained that in the Sungai Besar by-election, support for the BN from young Chinese voters rose by 23 per cent to 38 per cent from the 15 per cent in the 13th general election. The support from young Malay voters rose by 13 per cent to 78 per cent from the 65 per cent in GE13, he said.

It was a similar case in Kuala Kangsar. There was a rise of 18 per cent support from young voters for the BN, from 42 per cent in GE13 to 60 per cent in the by-election, he said.

— BERNAMA

TASEK GELUGOR – The Penang Barisan Nasional (BN) should emerge from its comfort zone and be a strong opposition to win back the support of the people in the state, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

The UMNO vice-president, who is also assuming duties of deputy president, said as the opposition in Penang, UMNO and BN did not translate their role well, “We were hit twice in the previous general elections. The feel of BN being an opposition has yet to be felt by the Penang people. UMNO, Gerakan, MCA, MIC and other component parties in BN still feel comfortable because Putrajaya is still controlled by BN and Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is still the prime minister.

“It is time for us to rise, to close rank and win back Penang. We are pressured with various issues, pushed to the wall with various problems. I see that we, the DNA in BN, are forbearing, (but) it has its limits,” he said when opening the Tasek Gelugor UMNO divisional delegates conference.

Ahmad Zahid said although BN only had 10 state seats and three parliamentary seats in Penang, it could be used as a benchmark for the party to move and work with non-governmental organisations to win back the state from DAP.

Ahmad Zahid said many of the BN deeds and contributions in Penang were denied by the DAP-led state government and it was now time for BN to use the issue to hit back at them for the sake of the people in the state.

“Too many issues on the previous state government were denied by the (present) state government, who are enjoying the fruits of the hard work by Gerakan,” he said.

He said the deeds and contributions of past leaders were never forgotten by UMNO.

“When the time for a certain person has passed, let go. We respect the old timers, but they should love the newbies. When they give way to the people after them, their deeds will be remembered,” he said.

Ahmad Zahid rgarded former Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi as the best example of a leader for not criticising UMNO and BN when he no longer held any post.

He also cautioned certain quarters against trying to have him and Najib at logger-heads, saying that it would not materialise.

“My wala’ (loyalty) should not be questioned. I am in UMNO, held position in the (UMNO) youth movement because of Datuk Seri Najib. I have been with Datuk Seri Najib for a long time since Oct 1, 1987 when I was appointed his political secretary.

“InsyaAllah, the wala’ will remain until end of life,” he said.

Touching on the Tasek Gelugor parliamentary constituency, Ahmad Zahid regarded the constituency as a “fixed deposit” for BN and called on UMNO leaders in the Tasek Gelugor division to work hard to increase the vote majority in the coming general election. – BERNAMA

 

 

ALOR SETAR – Barisan Nasional component parties have been told to work hard to gain the support of the people so as to prove their eligibility to continue heading their constituencies especially in seats they lost in the last general election.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said through the concept of power sharing practised by UMNO all this while, the party had made many sacrifices to give opportunities to candidates from component parties to contest in areas even though the majority were Malay voters.

“For example, the Alor Setar parliamentary seat and Kota Darulaman state seat, we let MCA contest them ..even though we know more than 80 per cent of the voters in these two constituencies are Malays but in respecting our component parties, we give such seats to MCA and other component parties.

“…this is because as a convention, in areas contested by UMNO, we need votes from Chinese and Indian voters,” he said.

He said this when opening Alor Setar UMNO division’s delegates conference at Dewan Insaniah near here today. Also present was Kedah Menteri Besar cum Alor Setar UMNO division chief Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah.

Ahmad Zahid said UMNO had never left its partners in BN component parties in a quandary in putting up election machinery and garnering support but they should help themselves to ensure victory for BN.

We know there are parties we assisted in BN, we know they have their internal problems, when UMNO was weak, our friends in BN were the roots that gave life to the BN tree.

Currently, UMNO is in a strong position and UMNO should help them to grow stronger, he said.

The Deputy Prime Minister also urged UMNO members and leaders to instill loyalty to the leader and advised Ahmad Bashah not to bite the hand that fed him.

So long as I am entrusted to assist the Prime Minister, I will give my full support to him…an individual said I plotted to topple the Prime Minister…but he miscalculated because when he was the head, whoever was number two would have problems, he said.

In the context of Kedah, Ahmad Zahid also gave the assurance that he would try his best to give what the state needed and if it did not work, he would try to whisper to the Prime Minister.

I will ensure the Prime Minister would allocate more for Kedah…Kedah is really lucky as the Menteri Besar has such good relations with the Prime Minister, he said.

He also commended Ahmad Bashah as a resilient person in facing various scenarios in the world of politics to enable the top leadership to chose him to replace Datuk Seri Dr Mukhriz Mahathir.

Ahmad Zahid also expressed his appreciation to Ahmad Bashah for the stand of Kedah UMNO in favouring the status quo in the party top posts in the coming election.

— BERNAMA

KLUANG – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak today reminded the people not to pawn their own future by choosing an unstable political party to rule the country.

Instead, he said the people should choose a solid party which had been proven itself based on its outstanding achievements all these years.

“As such, don’t pawn our future, don’t choose people who are in a mess (and) who don’t know who the actual master is. Everybody has their own position (but) don’t even know who the boss is.

“We must elect a party that is strong and has proven its ability in administering the country,” he said in his speech at the 2017 Malaysia Aidilfitri Open House at Mini Stadium, Taman Sri Lambak, Sembrong here, tonight.

Najib, who is also Finance Minister, said the nation managed to achieve peace and stability under the ruling party all these years which saw Malaysia ranked at 29th out of 163 most peaceful countries in the world, based on the statistics issued by the Institute for Economics and Peace last month.

–BERNAMA

JOHOR BAHRU – Johor Barisan Nasional (BN) will focus its efforts to recapture seats lost to the opposition in the last 13th General Election (GE13).

Johor BN chairman Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said BN would ensure victory, despite the opposition’s confidence of capturing 5 parliamentary seats in the upcoming 14th General Election (GE14).

“Ask the opposition to specify which areas (15 seats) that they want to capture in Johor,” he told reporters after launching the Mega Sale ‘Muafakat Johor’ Carnival 2017 at Pasir Gudang Indoor Stadium, here today.

The Johor Menteri Besar was commenting on a statement by Pakatan Harapan that expressed confident to capture 15 seats in the state in GE14 after a special meeting of the Pakatan Harapan Johor yesterday.

In the GE13, Johor BN won 21 of 26 parliamentary seats.

The five opposition seats are Kulai, Gelang Patah, Kluang, Batu Pahat and Bakri and Pagoh.

On the Mega Sale Carnival, Mohamed Khaled said the carnival would be expanded to Iskandar Malaysia as it would help the people in the face of rising prices of daily necessities at the moment.

–BERNAMA

GUA MUSANG – Gua Musang Member of Parliament Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah said the Barisan Nasional (BN) needs to plan a strategy to win more seats in Kelantan in the 14th general election (GE14).

“BN s best chance to wrest Kelantan from PAS since 1990 is during the next general election (GE14),” he told reporters here, yesterday.

In the 13th general election, PAS won 32 state seats, BN won 12 seats while Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) won one seat.

Razaleigh said the Kelantan people were aware of weaknesses of the PAS state government and want a change.

He also supported the Orang Asli in Gua Musang for defending their land against excessive land clearing by greedy loggers.

— BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said yesterday the Barisan Nasional has never deceived the people in providing development projects for the benefit of all the communities in the country.

The Prime Minister said the government always had in mind the rights and needs of the people without distinguishing them in terms of background, and this principle and practice were always upheld by the BN.

“This is in line with the slogan that I used when I took over the leadership and administration in 2009,’ he said, alluding to the ‘People First: Performance Now’ slogan.

“As such, none of the people will be neglected or overlooked because we are realistic and understand how to govern the country, he said when performing the ground-breaking for the Bandaraya @ Sungai Udang Apartments in Segambut.

Also present were Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor and Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister Tan Sri Noh Omar.

The prime minister said the concept of overall inclusiveness practised today had enabled the government to reach out to the people in both urban and rural areas, hence ensuring that no one would be left behind from the country s development.

Najib stressed that the government had also been practising intervention policy to enable the people to enjoy people economy initiatives, such as from housing projects, the 1Malaysia People s Aid (BR1M), public transportation, and small-and medium-scale entrepreneurs aid.

When the concepts were put into practice, it enables the country s economy to move forward with a healthy and positive growth rate, he explained.

This, he said, would inadvertently enable capital economy development projects to be planned and executed.

Projects such as the MRT, High Speed Rail, Pan Borneo Highway and Pengerang are deemed major and iconic projects, specifically to benefit the people, said Najib, who is also Finance Minister.

Najib said when the “capital economy and people economy” were combined, the people would realise that the government truly understood and knew what needed to be done for the prosperity of the nation and the wellbeing of the people.

Now, he said it was up to the people to judge for themselves the level of the government s success in championing their rights or whether to remain influenced by the sentiments bandied about by the opposition.

The Bandaraya @ Sungai Udang Apartments project, which is expected to be completed in December 2019, will see the construction of two 32-storey blocks, and one 34-storey block offering a total of 1,251 apartment units on a 2.2 hectare site in Segambut.

— BERNAMA

ALOR SETAR – The Office of the Kedah Menteri Besar today denied having issued
a list of Barisan Nasional candidates for the next general election, as alleged
in a recent WhatsApp message that has gone viral.

Datuk Shaiful Hazizy Zainol Abidin, political secretary to the Kedah Menteri
Besar, said the WhatsApp message was “an immature gesture” by certain quarters
to create sensation and cause confusion in Kedah politics.

He said in a statement that the BN had proper systems and procedures in
place and would not use WhatsApp in matters of great importance such as
announcing the list of electoral candidates.

The viral WhatsApp message had carried what it claimed to be a preliminary
list of Kedah BN candidates for the 15 parliamentary and 36 state seats in the
14th General Election, due by June next year.
— BERNAMA

LUNDU – Barisan Nasional’s dominance in the Tanjong Datu state by-election’s campaign has given early signs that the two opposition candidates will lose their deposit money, according to political analysts.

Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) senior lecturer, Associate Professor Dr Jeniri Amir said this was because the opposition votes would be split, hence causing the two opposition candidates to lose their deposit money.

BN’s candidate Datuk Amar Jamilah Anu, the widow of the late Chief Minister of Sarawak Tan Sri Adenan Satem, is being challenged by New Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak’s (PBDS) candidate Raphaelson Richard Hamit and the Sarawak Reform Party’s (Star) Johnny Aput. – Bernama

PETALING JAYA: Red Shirts leader Datuk Seri Jamal Yunos has tendered his resignation to Selangor Umno chief Tan Sri Noh Omar.

Jamal, who is currently Sungai Besar Umno chief, handed over the letter to Noh at his office in Putrajaya on Wednesday.

In a message in a WhatsApp group, Jamal explained that the resignation was specifically from his posts as Sungai Besar Umno chief as well as Sungai Besar Barisan Nasional chairman.

In the letter addressed to Noh, Jamal said his arrest and detention last week had tarnished Umno’s image.

“As you are aware, I have been arrested by the police as I was suspected to have committed robbery under section 395 of the Penal Code. As a result, I was remanded for five days and was detained at the Shah Alam police headquarters.

“This, I believe, has tarnished the name of the party and its leadership, especially in Selangor.

“As someone who loves the party, I take full responsibility over my actions and would like to resign from my posts. I will adhere to any decision made by the party,” he said in the letter dated Feb 7.

He then shared several photos of him speaking to Noh in Putrajaya, however, did not divulge details of their conversation.

Jamal was arrested with nine of his friends on Feb 2 for trespassing into gambling dens around Selangor.

Following his release on Monday, Jamal announced his intention to resign from Umno, stressing that it was for the sake of the party.

Hundreds of his supporters however turned up at his home on Tuesday, urging him to not give up his posts.