KUCHING: Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has asked Sarawak Barisan Nasional (BN) leaders to continue focusing on a number of selected areas in preparing for the upcoming 13th general election.
Muhyiddin, who is also BN deputy chairman, said the state BN election machinery should find ways to increase voters’ support although they were capable of retaining those seats.
“The latest (political) development is that some major changes have taken place, but we need to work harder,” he said at a press conference after attending a gathering with 3,000 civil servants, here, today.
Besides focusing on retaining the many seats which BN won in the last general election in 2008, Muhyiddin said there should be more initiative taken for the Sibu seat which BN lost in a by-election in order to win back the seat.
Sarawak has 31 parliamentary seats, with BN component parties holding 29 of the seats and DAP, the other two seats.
From the briefing on preparations by the Sarawak BN components’ machinery for the coming elections, which was given by state BN chairman Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud and leaders of the four component parties, Muhyiddin said he was satisfied with the initiatives taken.
“Sarawak BN will be able to retain the seats won, mostly with a bigger majority,” he said, adding that the voters, whether in the urban or rural areas, would raise matters related to development and upgrading of infrastructure.
Asked whether BN would choose “direct” candidates, Muhyiddin said BN had always upheld the principle that candidates chosen to contest in the general election must come from its component parties.
He said there was earnestness in finding ways to solve the internal problems of certain component parties by the groups involved.
“We want BN to be truly united as a team in facing the general election and they realise that internal squables will only hurt BN’s image,” he said.
On the opposition’s campaign to capture Sarawak, Muhyiddin said it was proven that they could not infiltrate all the seats contested in the state elections in 2011. — BERNAMA