Utusan Malaysia predicts that Barisan Nasional will win at least half of the 56 state assembly seats in Selangor.
K Pragalath, FMT
Barisan Nasional would win at least half of the 56 state seats in Selangor based on the number of seats won by Pakatan Rakyat with a slim majority at the last general election, Utusan Malaysia reported today.
In a news analysis entitled “50-50 or two thirds?”, Utusan Malaysia put forth the above notion based on 11 state seats which it said was won by the opposition with a very slender majority.
They are Sungai Air Tawar (123 vote majority), Sabak (117), Sekinchan (190) Kuala Kubu Baru (448) Permatang (608), Bukit Malawati (297), Kuang (517), Taman Templer (613) Paya Jaras (642) Teluk Datok (698), and Sri Serdang (45).
The confidence was also based on the rise in the number of Malay voters. As such Utusan said that there was no need to worry about Chinese votes swaying in favour of Pakatan.
The influence of Chinese voters, according to the Umno-owned newspaper, was limited to only nine state seats located within four parliament constituencies. The four are Kelana Jaya, Subang, Petaling Jaya Utara and Petaling Jaya Selatan.
Among the major grouse for the people of Selangor was the state government’s failure to bring in development projects, the paper said.
Infighting in Perak
Utusan Malaysia also highlighted on the infighting among Pakatan leaders in Perak.
The newspaper said the announcement of PKR’s Dr Muhammad Nur Manuty as Bagan Serai parliamentary candidate was not welcomed by Perak PAS youth because the incumbent MP Mohsin Fadzli Samsuri defected from PKR to be independent.
Prior to that the seat was contested by PAS.