Perak BN sure of two-thirds majority

By Humayun Kabir, Free Malaysia Today

IPOH: The Perak Barisan Nasional (BN) is confident of gaining a two-thirds majority in the State Legislative Assembly in the 13th general election, former Perak BN secretary Ramly Zahari said here today.

He said since the political tsunami of 2008, the state BN has learnt its lesson and has since been concentrating on its homework to woo back voters who had voted for Pakatan Rakyat in the last general election.

He also claimed that BN is reaching out to various political parties like Kimma, Malaysian Makkal Sakthi Party, Indian Progressive Front and other NGO groups.

Ramly said that based on positive feedback, the BN can obtain a two-thirds majority in the coming general election.

.When asked how good was his assessment on securing a two-thirds majority to retain the state, he said, “You must realise that I have vast experience in the political arena… I can sense the mood of the people.”

Ramly was speaking to FMT after a press briefing to announce the planned gathering of 2,100 BN state delegates at the state Umno headquarters here.

On whether the state BN has reached out to the Chinese community, Ramly said “We have our ways to convince the community.”

He claimed that even the rural Malay youths who were initially anti-BN were now slowly warming up to the ruling party.

On rumours that Menteri Besar Zambry Abdul Kadir may join the federal government, and will be replaced by Second Finance Minister Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah, Ramly said:

“I think that Zambry should be given a second term to carry out his reforms for the state.”

On talks that the state Umno Youth is unhappy with Zambry being the menteri besar, he said:

“We cannot make all the people 100% happy. But I don’t know if Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak has other plans for Zambry. But we support whatever move that the PM makes.”