PM: Get the fence sitters on our side for GE14

20-Jan-2018 Intellasia | The Malay Mail Online | 6:00 AM Print This Post

Prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak urged Sabah Barisan Nasional (BN) leaders to tap into new groups of voters which include new and “persuadable” voters to ensure a comfortable win in the 14th general elections (GE14).

He said even though Sabah BN had stronger election machinery compared to the opposition in the state, it was not enough to rely on current BN members alone to bring in the win.

“We need to look for more groups such as the persuadable voters. You may have a good base, but you must look at the undecided voters at every state constituency and parliament. If we just depend on our members, it will not guarantee us a comfortable win. We must work harder to find the persuadable voters,” he said.

Najib said another element to look for was new voters that could swing a bigger majority win for BN.

“When I look at the numbers, there are parliament seats that we won with a majority of merely a thousand votes. There are six to seven thousand new voters, which can give us a bigger majority win, so we need to know the voter tendencies,” he said.

Najib said the election machinery should use all channels made available to them, such as the Jalinan Rakyat plus to engage with new and undecided voters.

He was speaking to BN leaders during a dinner event in conjunction with his two day visit here.

On Sabah BN’s potential to win in the coming elections, Najib said they have a proven track record and brought a lot of benefits to Sabah including political stability, peace and harmony, economic transformation and security.

He also reiterated that he would return any rights enshrined in the Malaysia Agreement if they had been unintentionally taken away.

“We will look at MA63 if we inadvertently or perhaps deliberately had taken your rights, I will return it to the people of Sabah. There should be no reason why our manifesto or war cry can lose to the opposition’s,” he said.

“This election is not theirs to win but ours to lose. If something happens it is because of our own weakness. Either we are not as popular as we think we are or we are not united,” he said.

He expressed his confidence in chief minister Tan Sri Musa Aman in winning the state again and issued him a directive to win more seats.

“I don’t want anything less than 22 out of 25 parliament seats and 48 out of 60 state seats. That is your KPI,” he said.


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