Khamis, 14 April 2011

Najib says Sarawak elections toughest in history

Najib says BN's main aim is to win a simple majority on April 16. — Pic by Choo Choy May
KUCHING, April 13 — Datuk Seri Najib Razak has talked down Barisan Nasional’s (BN) chances of winning two-thirds of the seats being contested in this Saturday’s Sarawak elections.
Instead, he said BN’s most immediate target was to win a simple majority to form the next state government.
“Our target is to form a government. That is the minimum. Two-thirds majority is a bonus,” said Najib today after campaigning in the outskirts of the state capital here.
Najib also admitted that BN faced an uphill battle in urban areas and that the April 16 vote was “probably the toughest in the history of Sarawak.”

“We cannot deny that the urban seats are areas where we are tested the most,” the prime minister said.
He called for BN to work harder in urban areas because its candidates were of high calibre and asked voters not to reject them.
With three days of the campaign left, positive reports continue to stream in for Pakatan Rakyat (PR) from across the state and all three parties believe they can improve on their 2006 haul.
According to observers, BN’s campaign has been lacklustre despite the deployment of senior federal government leaders and the entire state cabinet to help in the polls.
At events headlined by Najib himself, turnout has paled in comparison with those of PR’s, which has seen crowds of up to 10,000 in attendance.
Sensing that the opposition has gained support by exploiting the anti-Taib sentiment, Najib has even moved to assure voters that the state leader, accused of widespread corruption, would step down soon.
He has also scheduled a meeting with church leaders, hoping to quell the Christian community’s dissent over the ongoing Alkitab bible row ahead of the polls where nearly a million people are eligible to vote.

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