Umno claims can win Selangor with big majority

By Clara Chooi
The Malaysian Insider
Aug 06, 2011

KUANG, Aug 6 — Umno is confident that Barisan Nasional (BN) will trounce Pakatan Rakyat (PR) in Selangor in the coming polls with a whopping 20-seat majority, allowing the pact to form a strong government in the frontline state.

Selangor Umno infomation chief Abdul Shukor Idrus told The Malaysian Insider that this time, BN will win in at least 38 of the state’s 56 seats, in comparison to the 20 it won in the 2008 election when PR captured the country’s wealthiest state.

He attributed BN’s pre-empted victories to a significant increase in Malay voter support from about 50 per cent in 2008 to an estimated 65 per cent, saying it was fuelled by a growing disenchantment with the current PR-led state administration and feverish ground work by Umno leaders humbled by their shocking losses in 2008.

“So although we cannot say that we are extremely comfortable yet, we are confident that we can win Selangor,” he said when met at his service centre here this week before the state Islamic affairs department triggered a controversy by raiding a Petaling Jaya church.

The Kuang assemblyman however said the 38 seats only covers the state’s rural and suburban areas where he claimed the electorate has less access to the Internet, social media tools and the alternative media.

“The big issues and all that are centred in the cities but they have less influence in the rural areas. In the cities, everyone uses the Internet. But outside, a lot just read the papers… they read more Utusan (Malaysia),” he said, smiling.

The first-term assemblyman said certain national issues often played up by PR leaders would only affect Selangor’s more urban electorate, particularly those living in constituencies within the city areas where PR’s influence is deemed the strongest.

Abdul Shukor said Umno has identified 18 such seats, categorised as “black areas”, which the party admits would be close to impossible to win. Among some of the seats identified are Subang Jaya, Bukit Lanjan, Bukit Tunku, Balakong, seats within the Petaling Jaya Utara and Selatan parliamentary constituencies and seats contested by PR bigwigs like PKR deputy president Azmin Ali.

Abdul Shukor said although BN has not given up on these “black areas”, it would only focus its efforts in the 38 seats identified as winnable.

Of the 38, he said, it is hoped that MCA can contribute between four and seven seats while MIC has expressed confidence in two seats — Batu Caves and Ijok. The remaining seats are to be snapped up by Umno.

The Malaysian Insider understands that the ruling party will field candidates in 35 seats and has identified 25 seats as guaranteed wins, up seven seats from the 18 it won in Election 2008.

Abdul Shukor said Indian community support for the Najib administration has also seen vast improvement, particularly because of Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu’s decision to step down as MIC president late last year and the appointment of two MIC leaders to ministerial posts.

He also claimed that Chinese support has increased, albeit marginally, purportedly because of certain grouses among the business community towards the PR government.

For the Malay votes, Abdul Shukor said Umno party leaders have been working hard on the ground to campaign for votes through hosting constant community programmes, doling out financial aid to the needy and keeping the electorate constantly engaged.

“We go house to house, we give out to aid single mothers, the poor. We even fix roofs and broken drains… even toilet repairs,” he said.

As an example, Abdul Shukor said that he has made it a point to visit at least 20 homes every Friday since he was elected.

He stressed that only local and hardworking candidates who have put in enough time will win Selangor for BN, particularly in the suburban and rural constituencies.

“Here, they do not care about the national issues… things going on in KL, for example. They are more concerned about the individuals they are voting for. They want someone who they know, they like and who can look after their needs,” he said.

Abdul Shukor said that Umno’s improved service to the electorate was because of the 2008 tsunami, which saw the ruling pact lose its customary two-thirds majority in Parliament and five states to the opposition.

“In the past, even our members voted against us because of the leadership’s arrogance and the big rift between elected leaders and the people. But now… we have become the people, we don’t wear our bush jackets or coats, we go and drink with our voters in the stalls, we visit homes, we bring them aid and we get to know them,” he said.

BN’s loss of Selangor, the most modern and richest state in Malaysia, to PR in Election 2008 was seen as the harshest blow to the Umno-led BN pact.

BN chairman Datuk Seri Najib Razak is bent on recapturing the state, a feat deemed crucial for the prime minister as he attempts to seek fresh mandate amid increasing public dissent against his leadership over issues like subsidy hikes and escalating living costs, Bersih 2.0, the two controversial deaths under MACC custody and the Scorpene submarine issue.

  1. #1 by DAP_VICTORY on Saturday, 6 August 2011 - 12:03 pm

    If BN use phantom voter on that area they for sure will win but if they play gentleman they will loss to the ground, they will play dirty trick to win because to want to be in power to corrupt. PR should find way to stop this phantom voter to vote on next GE

  2. #2 by monsterball on Saturday, 6 August 2011 - 2:09 pm

    OK OK .all the good news.
    When will we have the 13th GE?
    I guess he is so proud that thousands of phantom voters planted…nothing PR can do about it…unless PR can win by a huge huge majority to write off the phantom voters….which they think is impossible.
    Let the 13th GE roll out and see.

  3. #3 by waterfrontcoolie on Saturday, 6 August 2011 - 2:22 pm

    I wanna bet on his claims on MCA and MIC seats!

  4. #4 by asia on Saturday, 6 August 2011 - 4:06 pm

    Let get to work

    They are thieves

    They are liars

    They are not trustable

    They are treason with citizenship to….

    Talk can be big tsunami….

  5. #5 by Bigjoe on Saturday, 6 August 2011 - 7:59 pm

    This is what happens when you have poor English. I think he meant UMNO can CHEAT Selangor with big majority..

    But wait! Maybe it not the English, it just the same thing to them?..That one no cure..

  6. #6 by tak tahan on Saturday, 6 August 2011 - 11:59 pm

    They always think they sure win one cause they have been cheated us generally for well over successful fifty years already wat.So guys,we all must be smart and steady this particular time to be well prepared to face our own destiny.We must vote for change for a better and secured government.Things won’t be better if we are and will still remain like what the presence situation we in..Malai-si-ya can mah thong kiau turning back

  7. #7 by tak tahan on Sunday, 7 August 2011 - 12:02 am

    Sorry express typo mistake..should be we are in..Malai-sia-ya….

  8. #8 by tak tahan on Sunday, 7 August 2011 - 12:21 am

    I think IGGG president should come out this time to save Malai-si-ya from further and irreversible destruction caused by Umno and the sycophants(MCA the one always hai kaki lang si 1,the guru mantis,Koh tsu Koon n Gerakan boh hood students,ah yo yo MIC tak tau mana mau piggy one

  9. #9 by rockdaboat on Sunday, 7 August 2011 - 11:10 pm

    Kek kek kek kek kek, go on dreaming BN. LOL
    And it looks like MCA has started to count their chickens in Penang, talking about CM posts.

    I bet MCA will lose EVERY SINGLE SEAT they contest in Penang. Any takers? LOL

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