Malacca BN confidant will gain more seats, says Ali Rustam
MALACCA, Sept 16 — Malacca Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam today said that the state Barisan Nasional (BN) was confident of retaining its existing seats and wresting several from the opposition at the 13th General Election.
He attributed this confidence to the support and warm welcome shown towards the BN during the various programmes organised by the coalition.
“We have received overwhelming support from the people who attended various programmes such as open houses throughout the state,” he told reporters after opening the Bukit Katil Umno Division delegates meeting, here.
Mohd Ali (picture), who is also state BN chairman, advised the machinery of each component party to remain active in engaging the people, particularly new voters, and resolving their issues.
“If these new voters are gained, it could mean at least 80 per cent of the overall new voters for the 13th General Election and this will strengthen support for the BN government,” he said.
Saying that the opposition would do anything, including resorting to unexpected measures, to shake BN’s position at the general election, he advised the people to make the intelligent choice when the time came in order to defend the country’s development, progress and peace.
In Kuala Lumpur, Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said the leadership of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had brought various facilities and services to Malaysians.
“The people must continue supporting the BN as I’m confident this country can go from strength to strength with the coalition,” he told reporters after opening the Lembah Pantai Umno Division delegates meeting.
He said the opposition appeared to be busy with just organising demonstrations, which not only caused instability but made foreign investors wary. — Bernama