Barisan Nasional not taking things for granted, says Abang Johari
KUCHING: The state Barisan Nasional (BN) would not take the coming state election lightly even though the opposition pact seems to be weak and in a mess.
Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) deputy president Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said an election is regarded as a war and therefore all possibilities must be addressed with care. In view of this, he said the BN government would not lower its guard or slacken its preparation for the election.
“We don’t take what they said (as the truth). We just prepare on our own and we don’t care what their issues are. Whether they are confident or not (to form the state government after the election) is their problem,” he told the press yesterday at Kampung No.6 along Jalan Datuk Ajibah Abol here.
Abang Johari was asked to comment whether the opposition was trying to deceive BN by giving an impression that the opposition parties were in a mess resulting from their failure to have a successful negotiation on seat allocation.
Last Friday, Democratic Action party (DAP) state chairman Wong Ho Leng said the alliance had zero chance of forming the next government in Sarawak unless all parties in the alliance agree on the seat allocation.
Abang Johari said if it is true that the opposition pact is now disintegrating, it is something which is not beyond the expectation of state BN leaders.
As a matter of fact, he added, BN had already anticipated the opposition pact not to be able to form a united front.
“During the BN convention (early this month), we said the alliance was chaotic…(and) it seems that is what is happening now.
“However, that is their problem… to us, we would (still) field calibre candidates of high integrity,” said the Housing and Urban Development Minister and Satok incumbent.
When asked whether he would be able to increase his majority in the election, Abang Johari, who won by 2,798 votes in the previous election, said it was entirely up to voters.
On his possible challenger, Ahmad Nazib Johari, who is PKR state youth chief, in the state election, Abang Johari said the young lawyer only shows his face when the election is just around the corner.
“He has been staying in Shah Alam for quite some time…(and) only now he can be seen here,” he said, adding it is not possible to claim that the youth chief has a good relationship with the constituents when he is not residing in Kuching.
Earlier in his speech when officiating at a Friendly Neighbourhood Programme, Abang Johari called upon the rakyat to be united.
He stressed that if there is no unity among the rakyat, it would be difficult to bring in development.
“Our success in bringing in development does not just come to us because we need to plough in a lot of efforts to make it happen.
“If there is no unity among us, maybe things will become stagnant (because it is not easy to carry out any project when the rakyat is not united,” he said.
The Satok incumbent also urged the rakyat not to listen to the opposition who only know how to twist facts to make them look good.
“Tomorrow, they will spin my statement, in fact that is what they are doing,” he said.
Deputy Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Datuk Fadillah Yusuf also spoke.