Political leaders confident BN will do better in coming polls
by Peter Boon, firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted on July 4, 2012, Wednesday
SIBU: Political observers upped their ante yesterday, feeling upbeat that BN will perform better this general election than the 2008 election.
Their confidence stemmed from the many transformation programmes initiated by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to benefit the people, leading the country towards achieving a high income economy.
“The way I see it, BN will do even better this coming general election and look set to overshadow their 2008 performance.
“The BN government with all the attention given to people’s grouses and financial assistance like BR1M, KR1M, MR1M and a gamut of others have touched the people.
“Support given to Chinese independent schools, mission schools and others had certainly brought about a positive vibe. All these should translate into increased support for BN in the coming polls,” a senior political observer, Dr Gregory Hii, told The Borneo Post yesterday.
He added: “The prime minister and the other top BN leaders have constantly touched base with the people, providing prompt solutions to their problems and keeping to their words.
“This will certainly garner the people’s support.”
He reckoned that with the positive developments, the opposition would be hard pressed to rake up issues.
Dr Hii figured the opposition would feel the pinch the longer the polls were delayed as their resources would be stretched to thin.
He, however, said BN needed to be alert and careful of yet-to-surface issues that could potentially stir up ‘surprises’.
Asked his guess when the election was likely to be called, he expected it to be held any time before April next year.
SUPP Sibu branch vice-chairman Daniel Ngieng too was optimistic that BN would do even better than 2008.
He based his confidence on the many initiatives rolled out by Najib.
“The transformation programmes such as government transformation programme, political transformation programme and others had successfully garnered people’s support,” Ngieng said.
He said this was Najib’s first time leading the campaign and his first major challenge since helming the top leadership.
He added that Najib had taken bold steps in repealing some laws, such as ISA, and this had also contributed to the positive vibe.
The 1Malaysia concept which he initiated where everyone is given opportunity to succeed has further strengthened racial unity and integration, he said.
“I believe more and more people are rallying behind this kind of leadership and would not want to try out ‘something’ untested. The prime minister is result-oriented and wants performance delivered to the people.”
“Malaysians are mature people and know what is best for them. We acknowledge that there are some problems, and we are taking positive steps to address them. Even opposition parties are besieged by problems,” he noted.
He believed people would continue to give support to Najib’s people-oriented leadership.
“I have this gut feeling that our prime minister will lead BN to victory and perform better than 2008. In fact, we are confident that we will wrest Sibu seat while retaining Lanang,” he said.
Another vice-chairman of the party Chieng Buong Toon regarded Najib as a dynamic leader, whom people looked up to.
“BN will definitely emerge victorious and perform better this coming election,” Chieng enthused.