Thursday, May 5, 2016

#PRNSarawak : Barisan making a final push to win over voters

With two days left to polling, Barisan Nasional is making a final push to turn grey areas into safe seats. Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem is not easing up on the campaign trail, continuing to meet voters across the state.

Yesterday, he attended a meet-the-people gathering at Kampung Maludam in Lingga, where Barisan incumbent Simoi Peri is in a three-way contest with PKR’s Abang Zulkifli Abang Engkeh and ex-PBB independent Wan Abdillah Edruce Wan Abdul Rahman.

Today, Adenan will attend similar gatherings in Meradong and a longhouse in Engkilili.
On polling eve, he will attend functions in Lundu before attending a final ceramah at Premier 101 here, a DAP stronghold, in support of Barisan’s urban Chinese candidates.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak called on Barisan parties to keep working hard in the last lap.
“We cannot take victory for granted. We must ensure all efforts are made and leave no stone unturned,” he said when asked about Barisan’s push to turn grey seats white.

He cautioned the people not to be taken in by the Opposition’s tactics, such as their claims during the 13th general election that Barisan had brought in 40,000 Bangladeshi nationals to vote.
“This became a hot issue at that time and made the people angry with Barisan, but after the election they found out it was not true.

“So I want to remind voters in Sarawak to be careful. Barisan will not resort to tactics which will incite anger or cause confusion,” he said.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said Adenan’s 70-seat target was achievable if the Barisan machinery was able to reach voters across all 82 constituencies.

“We are working very hard and very smart to reach the target,” he said .

He said Barisan’s biggest worry was any last-minute “bombshell” which might be thrown by the Opposition on polling eve.

“We should not try to undermine any political parties. We should be mature enough in carrying out our campaign,” he said.

He also reckoned that the attitude of urban Chinese voters was now shifting towards Barisan.
“Now is the time for change – change to go with Barisan Nasional. Our opponents have been promoting this tagline before but the wave has now moved to our side,” he said.

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