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#PRNSarawak : Issues within state BN will be resolved, says former assemblyman

Posted: 22 Apr 2016 01:53 AM PDT

PBB's Datuk Naroden Majais has admitted that there was some friction within Sarawak Barisan Nasional machinery but said it would be resolved under the leadership of the Chief Minister.

The former Simunjan assemblyman told The Star Online that Tan Sri Adenan Satem was the strongest leader the state had seen and stressed that he believed all internal party issues will be resolved before the May 7 polling day.

"Honestly, I believe they are actually all united. Yes, there are some problems inside, but at the end of the day, ahead of polling, it will get better and they will be united.

"Majority will be united and I am very confident that we will win more than a two-third's majority," he said, when met at Bank Negara headquarters here.

Naroden pointed out that Barisan has and will continue to do everything in its power to ensure the government is retained.

"We will make sure that it's a Barisan Nasional government and under the strong leadership of Adenan, we can all stay united and win," he said.

Naroden was responding to questions on recent seat tussles among Barisan component parties in the state, namely SPDP and SUPP.

On another note, he said the state would also see a massive shift in support from the opposition to Barisan in the upcoming 11th state election.

"There will be a lot of swing from opposition to Barisan under Tuk Nan's leadership.
"As for Chinese voters, I believe at least 20% to 30% will shift their support," he said, adding that there has been an evident shift of support in the city.

#PRNSarawak : Clear positive swing in Chinese support for BN in Sarawak

Posted: 22 Apr 2016 12:39 AM PDT

There is a noticeable positive swing in sentiment of the Chinese towards the Barisan Nasional government in Sarawak, says MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

Speaking at a press conference at Miri Airport, Liow said the state Barisan has been doing many good things under the leadership of Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem.

"The Chinese community values those who can deliver results in terms of implementing good policies that benefit the rakyat.

"That is why there is a positive swing in support of the Chinese towards the BN in Sarawak.

"This augurs well for the BN, not just at the state level, but also at the national level," he said.

Liow added that MCA has been cooperating with Sarawak Barisan and in particular the Sarawak United Peoples Party (SUPP) to uphold and improve the welfare of the Chinese nationwide.

He also praised SUPP vice-president Datuk Lee Kim Shin and SUPP secretary-general Datuk Sebastian Ting for their hard work and dedication to the people of Sarawak, and in particular Miri.

#PRNSarawak: Adenan reiterates call for campaign to focus on local issues

Posted: 21 Apr 2016 11:37 PM PDT

Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem continues to emphasise that the Sarawak elections should be fought on state issues.

In a video posted online on Thursday, Adenan, who spoke in a mix of Bahasa Sarawak and Malay, told voters that the May 7 polls "is to determine who is the Chief Minister of Sarawak, not the Prime Minister of Malaysia".

"That is why, when you go to vote, you will only be given one ballot paper. It's for the state election," Adenan said in the four-minute clip.

Adenan called on Sarawakians to come out in droves to vote. He said voters should use their smarts to choose the best possible elected representative.

He also thanked Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak for his many visits to Sarawak and development allocation. In particularly, Adenan said the Pan Borneo Highway, which was approved under Najib's premiership, will spearhead development in rural areas across Sarawak.

"It is because of our good relations with (the) Federal (Government) that we got RM16bil for the highway (in Sarawak). It will be like the North-South Highway. Sarawak is such a big state. We need this infrastructure. This is why I am good friends with the Prime Minister," Adenan said.

He then turned his focus to his usual campaign points, including abolishment of toll charges, reduction in electricity tariff and ferry charges.

"It cannot be denied that lots of development have taken place in Sarawak. This is because we have had a stable and strong government. Give me five more years as your Chief Minister. Two years is not enough time to do all that I intend to do."

Adenan pledged to deliver on his promises, saying his track record spoke for itself.

Speaking in Miri earlier this week, Adenan challenged the Opposition to take him on at the polls on Sarawak issues and not drag in national matters.

"I dare the Opposition parties, especially DAP. Don't drag national issues into Sarawak. Fight me and my team on local issues. Those issues have nothing to do with Sarawak and they should not be dragged into the state election," he said.

The Chief Minister is going into the campaign period with an approval rating of over 80%. A recent Merdeka Centre survey showed the state government's popularity standing at 62%.

The same survey found 35% of Sarawakians supporting Adenan's immigration bans, which have been imposed on Opposition and Umno extremists, as well as civil rights activists.

Adenan scored the highest on his policy on English as a second official language in Sarawak alongside Bahasa Malaysia (83%) followed by the state's recognition of the Unified Examinations Certificate (68%).

Nomination day is next Monday. The campaign period is 12 days and there are 82 seats up for grabs.

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