by JUNE MOH / pic BERNAMA
BARISAN Nasional (BN) is confident of winning the 15th General Election (GE15) and forming the federal government after Nov 19, 2022.
The caretaker prime minister (PM), who is also Umno VP, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (picture) said that signs of victory and changes in the people’s support for BN could be clearly seen throughout the days of campaigning.
He said a different reception could also be seen in this election compared to GE14, not only among Malay or urban voters, but involving non-Malay voters as well.
“BN is competing in 178 parliamentary seats, and as our Umno and BN leadership always says, we must be dominant. If we get 80 or 90 parliamentary seats, it will be easier for other parties to join us.
“As of today, we are confident that we can ‘cross’ 112 (parliamentary seats). If you ask, am I sure I can win? Of course, I will answer with confidence,” he said in the “Special Discussion Room for Stability & Prosperity with the PM” which was broadcast recently.
Commenting further, Ismail Sabri said that BN’s strategy to dominate hotspots and Opposition strongholds, especially in areas where BN candidates clashed with Opposition’s “heavyweight” candidates, also clearly showed the coalition’s confidence.
He said BN was confident that it could defeat anyone, including big names from its opponents.
“If we look at the Sungai Buloh parliamentary seat, BN’s defeat at that time was more than 20,000 (majority). At that time, the candidate was not from Umno even though it was a Malay majority area.
“The Opposition’s ‘big names’ will not stop us from working hard to ensure victory. This is what I mentioned as Umno’s strategy and confidence in winning the contested seats,” he said.
With two days left in the campaign period, Ismail Sabri said BN would focus more on “products” and offers to the people in an effort to attract more support to form a government.
He said the manifesto submitted by BN was much better than that of other parties’ because most of it was from the budget which was presented in the Dewan Rakyat on Oct 7, 2022.
“I always mention that when we present the budget as our manifesto, it is not an empty promise because it is already ‘budgeted for’. Everything that we presented already has enough funds to be implemented, just waiting for the approval.
“Our manifesto does not only promise the moon and stars, but is based on realistic promises,” he said.
In the meantime, Ismail Sabri was of the view that it was too early to make any comments regarding the need to join any party should there be no party that could obtain a sufficient majority to form a government on its own.
However, he assured that BN would invite and work with Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS), Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) and Sabah BN.
“This is because for me whatever we get, no matter how many seats, even if we get 120 (or) 130 (seats), we must have parties from Sabah and Sarawak. They cannot be left out of the coalition to form the federal government,” he explained.