KUALA LUMPUR — April 26, 2018: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak expects the Barisan Nasional to deliver better results in the 14th general election on May 9 compared to the one in 2013.
His optimism stems from several issues, including the inability of the loosely-formed opposition pact Pakatan Harapan and that there is no movement asking for a change in the government.
“We are reasonably confident of a good result. There is no movement for changing the government, I don’t see that.
“That’s not saying we will win with a huge majority… no, I am not going to predict that but I am going to say that we are reasonably sanguine about the result,” he was quoted in an interview with Bloomberg, his first with an international media outlet in more than three years.
GE14, dubbed the father of all elections, is anticipated to be the fiercest contest between the ruling coalition and the opposition.
Najib predicted that Pakatan will struggle to win votes after falling out with PAS, which had helped in its performance in 2013, while the urban and Chinese voters who voted in 2013 in the hope of bringing change were less motivated this time around.
“Now, today, they know it’s not possible. So, I think that euphoria has receded to a great extent,” he said, adding that he had also worked to strengthen Umno from within after firing his deputy Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and several others over the 1MDB issue.
He described the IMDB as due to governance. “It’s been cleared, there’s been no wrongdoing – I stand by it”.
On his falling out with former prime minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, now an opposition strongman who has accused Najib of redrawing the electoral boundaries to the ruling party’s advantage, Najib pointed out that Mahathir himself had presided over several delineations and the recent changes were to take into account demographic changes.’
“I think he’s obsessed about control, about calling the shots. In fact, when we were quite close together, he even suggested establishing a council of elders.
“Of course, you can imagine who’s going to chair the council and a sitting prime minister after every cabinet, I suppose I would have to march to his office to get his consent. He wanted me to do his bidding,” Najib remarked. — Bernama