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KUCHING, Oct 16: Not only is PBB supreme council member Datu Len Talif confident that the state Barisan Nasional (BN) will retain all its seats in the coming general election (GE14), he believes that the BN coalition may further wrest back a minimum of three more seats.
Len who is also the Urban Planning, Land Administration and Environment Assistant Minister said the state BN is confident of regaining three seats it lost in the last general election, namely Sarikei, Miri and Sibu, based on the 2016 state election results.
State BN lost six seats in the 2013 general election and all — Bandar Kuching, Stampin, Sibu, Dudong, Miri and Sarikei — are Chinese majority seats .
Len said the Sarikei parliamentary seat comprises Repok and Meradong constituencies and in the last state election, the state BN had managed to wrest back the two state seats.
“From the state election, we have regained Chinese majority seats. Near my area, we have regained Repok and Meradong which are both under Sarikei parliamentary seat. So for this general election, we will also try to take back Sarikei.
“Then, there is Sibu. Sibu is consists of three state seats where two of them are held by BN assemblymen after last state election. And there were good majorities for these two seats.
“Next, we are also confident in taking back Miri. I personally look at a minimum of three seats,” Len told DayakDaily recently.
He disagreed with state DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen who had earlier said state BN will lose four Bumiputera majority seats.
Citing only Saratok and Baram, he said state BN was confident of retaining these Bumiputera seats despite some squabbles between potential BN candidates.
For Saratok which consists of Krian, Kabong and Kelaka state seats, he said state PKR vice-president Ali Biju who is also Krian assemblyman may be able to win in Krian, but state BN won in Kabong and Kelaka with good majority.
“Ali Biju won in Krian but with a small majority,” he pointed out.
As for Baram, he believed that state BN could retain the seat because of strong PBB support.
“The seat belongs to PDP (Progressive Democratic Party) but we have a strong presence in Baram. We are confident that BN can retain the seat,” said Len.
On PBB’s 14 parliamentary seats, Len said all seats under PBB were safe.
“All PBB areas are safe areas. PBB has its discipline where there is no internal bickering and candidates proposed by the party will be supported right from top down to the branch and sub-branch level.
“We don’t expect any sabotage. Surely there will be some dissatisfaction among potential candidates but at the end of the day, we will regroup and provide all the support needed,” Len. — DayakDaily.