This was based on observations where most voters from Chinese community expressed their desire to support BN
Johor Baru – Barisan Nasional (BN) is confident of being able to get Chinese voters to vote in its favour in the upcoming polls, consequently achieving the target of forming a more stable government if given the mandate by the people.
UMNO secretary-general Ahmad Maslan said this was based on his observations and experience as a Pontian Member Parliament, where most voters from this community expressed their desire to support BN.
âI have seen it myself that the Chinese community wants to return to BN. In Johor, the Chinese community comprises 37 per cent of the electorate.
âWhen this group of voters feels that they do not trust Pakatan Harapan (PH) especially, that they want to return to BN, this is a sign that in this Johor polls, BN has a good chance,â the Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama) quoted him as saying on Friday (25 Feb).
He also added that most of the Chinese community expressed frustration with the PH administration for failing to fulfil its promises to develop the state constituencies won during the 14th General Election (GE14).
On the BN candidate in the upcoming polls, he said although BN featured more than 70 per cent new faces, each candidate had experience in the political arena.
âLooking at the list of candidates, I am happy because our choice is almost similar to the Melaka state election, and when there are similarities, there is a possibility of repeating the victory in Melaka, here in Johor. That is our hope because what we did in Melaka was brave and we are doing it in Johor,â he said.
Yesterday, BN chairman Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said there were more than 70 per cent new faces as candidates in the Johor polls and more than 80 per cent of the candidates for the 56 state seats are of those with high academic qualifications and possessed the required criteria, using the concepts of winnability, acceptability and likeability.
BN will be fielding 37 candidates from UMNO, MCA (15) and MIC (four) in the Johor polls with the nomination process to take place tomorrow, while polling day is on 12 March and early voting is on 08 March.
In another development, Ahmad said the UMNO General Assembly 2021 was not postponed and will take place according to the schedule, which is from 16 to 19 March.
Previously, UMNO had scheduled the assembly for three days from 13 to 15 January but was postponed to 16 March following the floods that hit several states earlier this year.