KEPALA BATAS, May 5 – The Barisan Nasional can withstand and will not buckle under the onslaught of slander of the political opposition, said Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak. The caretaker Prime Minister, who is also BN chairman, said the BN would not be intimidated by the deceit of the opposition purely to win votes.
“I am confident that we will not be easily weakened because the BN is strong here and elsewhere in the country,” he told the more than 5,000 Kepala Batas folk who attended a gathering here this morning, adding that the international organisations, after conducting analyses, have said the opposition election manifesto could not be implemented as it contained only false promises.
He said the opposition attempted to play politics when it claimed that the recent ‘ceramah’ (talk) in Putrajaya where the opposition had to resort to importing outsiders there while claiming they had attracted a sea of civil servants to attend. He said he observed on social media and found that the ceramah was attended not by civil servants, as could be seen from the faces, but by many outsiders.
“They import people from outside and claim that the people of Putrajaya support them. This is the kind of political games they are playing and political lies they are spewing. For them, they are willing to go to great lengths just to ensure their goals are met,” he said. Najib said this was unlike the crowd at Barisan Nasional-organised ceramah and gathering.
“Just look at today’s event. Look at the crowd who came. Who says the BN ceramah (talks) receive a poor response? We do not send people to the areas, unlike the opposition which had sent busloads of people to its ceramah in Putrajaya. We (BN) have the strength all across the country. And with this strong support, BN will be able to return to power on May 9,” he said.
Besides that, Najib also said that he was disappointed with Pakatan Harapan leaders who had failed to attend a townhall organised by 1MDB boss Arul Kanda Kandasamy in the Klang Valley and more recently, in Penang. He said it was a no holds barred townhall where the fierce critics of 1MDB could ask all the questions but chose to air it through different channels instead.
“They are only interested to take things to the social media. Arul was there to answer all their questions but they were nowhere to be found. All interested in ‘fitnah tsunami’,” he said.
The Prime Minister said he was confident that the Kepala Batas parliamentary seat, once held by former prime minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, and the three state seats within it would be with the BN which had championed the constituents all along.
“I am confident that this Pak Lah (Abdullah) seats will be retained again for the BN by (Penang Umno Liaison Committee deputy chairman Datuk Seri) Reezal (Merican Naina Merican) and the other BN candidates with a 4-0 victory,” he said. The Kepala Batas seat has within it the state seats of Penaga, Bertam and Pinang Tunggal.
Penang BN chairman Teng Chang Yeow, Penang Umno Liaison Committee chairman Datuk Seri Zainal Abidin Osman, Reezal Merican and the other state BN candidates were also present at the event. — PN