SHAH ALAM, July 31 — Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties are urged to conduct an assessment of voter sentiments so as to gauge their own strengths ahead of the 15th general election (GE15), UMNO vice-president Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said. 

The prime minister said this was important to understand voter sentiments in the mission to restore voters’ trust in BN, in addition to ensuring that the assessment of their party’s strengths and also of the Opposition is based on facts and not emotions.

“We will need a detailed assessment. If we are not aware (of strengths and weaknesses), we would end up being taken by surprise in the general election. 

“People have now begun to compare with the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government and they are not confident in giving (PH) another chance, and I believe they will not give the  Perikatan Nasional (PN) government a chance as well.

“I am confident the people will give us (BN) a chance if they are confident we can take care of them,” he said in his opening speech at the Selangor BN Convention here today. 

Also present was Selangor BN chairman Tan Sri Noh Omar.

Ismail Sabri said that it was also important for BN component parties to reflect on its GE14 defeat, which led to the coalition, with limited allocations by virtue of being the Opposition, not being able to help the people as much.

He said the people had suffered under PH rule after financial assistance and projects were postponed, reduced or shelved. 

Meanwhile, Ismail Sabri, who was former Selangor BN chairman from 2018-2019, said it was important that Selangor BN finds the right formula to wrest the state back after straight defeats over three terms. 

“I am confident Selangor BN is vastly experienced under Tan Sri Noh Omar’s leadership, and when I eventually announce Parliament’s dissolution, we will regain Selangor once more. 

“(And) not just Selangor alone, we will have total control of the federal government,” he said.


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