Barisan Nasional’s (BN) landslide win in Sarawak was due its continued strength in its rural heartlands as well as an urban swing, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. Although the former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad claims otherwise western journalists often overlook the rural vote is well understood by the Prime Minister and his team.
Thanking the voters, the Barisan Nasional chairman and Prime Minister said the strong and enduring partnership between the state and federal governments allows the coalition to continue to develop Malaysia.
The overwhelming win by Barisan Nasional in rural Sarawak confirms the vote in the rural heartlands of Malaysia remains a pillar for Barisan Nasional.
But this time around BN also saw a traditionally more critical voter base, the urbanites swinging towards BN.
“This urban swing has caused DAP to lose five of the 12 seats it won in the last state election. This ‘urban swing’ shows a revival of SUPP specifically,” said an BN official.
Shortly after the victory the Prime Minister was quick to thank the Barisan leaders including Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem.
“I would like to thank voters for giving an excellent win to Barisan Nasional. This win reflects the confidence of the people of Sarawak in the leadership of Adenan.” the Prime Minister said.
Insiders expect Sarawak will enjoy more infrastructure development and more state powers given by the Federal Government.
The Prime Minister promised, “The voice of the people of Sarawak will be given serious attention by the Federal Government.”
The principle of an independent Sarawak within Malaysia would be honored, and the second phase of discussions between the state and federal governments regarding related legislative matters would be held in due course.
Najib said the Opposition had failed to gain voter traction despite raising unhappiness about the Goods and Services Tax.
“The people now understand why GST was introduced and how it was in fact a savior of the Malaysian economy.”
On the impact of this results on the 14th general election, Najib said that he did not want to take anything for granted.
“I regard this (good results) as a process towards the next general election, in the sense that we can build on this success and use it as something that will add to our momentum.”
Asked who would be appointed to replace Datuk Seri Douglas Uggah Embas who has now won a state seat and who is expected to serve a senior position in the state government, Najib said that he would be studying the matter.
Uggah is currently Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister.
Najib: Why is he winning?
Malaysian voters are well educated. Although heavily criticized by foreign NGO type reporters and weathering the 1MDB storm voters are increasingly frustrated with the opposition squabbles.
“Dr M’s and his machinations of plotting to topple the government makes Malaysian voters uneasy”, says an Singapore-based think tank interviewed.
The academic pointed out the court documents filed in Singapore by the Swiss Xavier Andre Justo highlights the dark power plots leading to a confusing mess.
“Malaysians do not want to go back to the ‘old ways’. Najib although not perfect presents a way forward. So far, claims made by what seems increasingly a bizarre plot lack credibility and the Malaysian voters recognize the power plots used by the former Primer Minister. Many feel his time is up and he should withdraw in peace.”
But reforms are needed. A spokesperson for a senior government official pointed out, “Yes, reforms are needed and coming, but right now we need to unify Malaysians who were split by a well-orchestrated plan to topple the government. Thank God, many of our seasoned politicians despite they are vocal, disagreeing on issues, recognize these childish ploys and supported the people and the government.”.
He added, “Malaysia has constantly reformed. Any claims made by foreigners, well they can claim what they want. But look at the UK. I am certain we do not want a crazy situation like in the UK with politicians pitted against each other for the sake of power.”