‘If GE is in November, BN will win’

A report by the PM’s Department states that the ruling coalition will be saved by Sabah and Sarawak. But a tough battle is expected across the sea.

(Free Malaysia Today) – Barisan Nasional looks set to retain control of the federal government in the next general election (GE) if it is held in November, with Sabah and Sarawak once again being the saviours, according to a survey.

And after Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak’s announcement last Thursday that the Internal Security Act (ISA) would be abolished, the chances seem brighter.

However, a source said the survey conducted by the Prime Minister’s Department revealed that it would only be a simple majority with about 140 seats.

He added that BN would face a tough fight in the Peninsula, but the ruling coalition was expected to clinch 54 of the 56 parliamentary seats up for grabs in Sabah and Sarawak.

“The only concern now is DAP; the Chinese in East Malaysia are still supportive of the party,” he said.

Based on the report, the source, who is a senior officer with the PM’s Deparment, said that DAP would take two seats for certain in Sarawak – Kuching and Stampin.

As for DAP’s strong performance in the recently-concluded Sarawak state election, the source said that the general election would be different.

“We must understand that state elections are different. One of the major factors why DAP won 13 seats in the state election is that the party top guns from the Peninsula were campaigning there.

“But this won’t happen during general elections,” he added.

Furthermore, he said DAP was suffering from internal problems in Sarawak, and the party did not command the support of the indigenous people.

On the chances of other other Pakatan Rakyat parties, PKR and PAS, the source claimed that it would be a miracle if the two win even a single seat in Sarawak.

“In Sabah, it will be a total wipeout for the opposition,” he stressed. “BN will retain Sabah with a 100% win.”

He said that the Kota Kinabalu constituency incumbent Dr Hiew King Cheu, who is also Sabah DAP committee chairperson, was also not certain of retaining his seat.

“DAP’s hope of capturing at least two seats, Kota Kinabalu and Sandakan, is also bleak,” he added.