PUTRAJAYA — April 4, 2018: Prime Minister and Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Razak doesn’t think that there will be a Malay tsunami in the general elections.
“A Malay tsunami would mean a rejection of Umno. I don’t see that (happening).
“We had taken part in by-elections (that served) as a test as well as an assessment of the (Malay) feelings on the ground. I don’t see a Malay tsunami,” he remarked to senior editors at his office today.
Malaysia is expecting its 14th general elections within the next few weeks.
Najib described the mood and sentiments of the people as good and better than the last elections.
“I don’t see the mood to change the government,” he said.
When asked about the Chinese voters’ mood ahead of the elections, Najib said it was hard to say now as their voting tendencies would only be clearer at the last minute.
“MCA says the Chinese will come back (to BN), some people say no. For the Chinese voters, you will only detect (the voting patterns at the) last minute because they are strategic voters. They will vote based on certain considerations. So we don’t know yet for sure. Nobody knows for sure.”
However, Najib emphasised that the Chinese would get a better deal with the Barisan Nasional, particularly in terms of having a stronger representation in the government.
“I can’t keep on giving four or five ministerial (posts) if they (the Chinese community) don’t support BN. So they (Chinese voters) have to make a choice.
“If the country prospers, so will the Chinese. If we move strongly economically, the Chinese community will benefit,” he said. — Bernama