Muhyiddin says the government is aware of these tactics and is working to counter them by explaining and disseminating information to the people at all levels.
KUALA LUMPUR: The opposition has intentionally launched a psychological warfare to manipulate the people’s minds to topple the Barisan Nasional (BN) government “Arab Spring” style because they are aware that support for them is waning, said Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin.
Furthermore, they also realise that it is difficult for them to win the 13th general election demographically, he added.
The opposition’s prediction that BN would remain weak after the last general election missed its mark entirely as well because the party has regained its strength and is now solid and united, he said.
“This could be a grand psychological warfare to condition the thoughts of the people so that when BN wins the next general election, they would provoke the people to cry foul and declare the win as invalid,” he told reporters here today.
He launched the Federal Territories BN election machinery earlier, which saw the attendance of 5,000 members, party component leaders and friends of BN.
He agreed with the statement by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in his blog recently that the opposition was purposely sowing a bad perception of the BN government and carrying out tactics to make the BN appear cruel and oppressive by holding street demonstrations and claiming that the country’s electoral system was unfair.
Muhyiddin also questioned the opposition’s motive of still wanting to ‘clean’ the electoral system, claiming they were dissatisfied even after the government had completed its review and improvement of the system.
He observed that this stance was merely to garner the international community’s support to declare the results of the 13th general election null and void.
He said the government was aware of these tactics and was working to counter them by explaining and disseminating information to the people at all levels.
Muhyiddin, who is Federal Territories BN chairman, expressed his optimism that the BN’s general election performance in the federal territory would be better than it was in 2008.
In 2008, the BN only won three of the 12 parliamentary seats in the federal territories, which were Setiawangsa, Putrajaya and Labuan.
He emphasised that the various transformation programmes and initiatives by the government to improve the quality of the people’s lives have touched their hearts and they were prepared to support the BN again.
“These are the plus factors which have given us the advantage and renewed confidence in the people,” he said.
Earlier, in his speech, Muhyiddin called on all BN members to be always prepared and carry out their duty by going down to the grassroots to help people instead of waiting to do so only when the elections were around the corner.
“Whether parliament has been dissolved or not, we in the BN will carry on working, and not stop. We’ll meet with voters and inform them, persuade them, appeal to them to help us and we’ll help them in bigger ways,” he said.
He reminded party members not to be complacent or over-confident with the opposition coalition’s situation, which he described as confused at the moment.
He asserted that the BN general election machinery must have confidence in itself first if it wanted the support and confidence of the people.
“Don’t be ignorant when we’re asked questions. As the machinery, we must know because everything we say, do or don’t do will be evaluated by the voters,” he said.
Muhyiddin also touched on the “Green Rally to Putrajaya” organised by the opposition yesterday and said that on the whole, he welcomed the good ‘initiative’ to green Putrajaya by planting more trees in the area.
On a serious note, however, he said the programme clearly showed the opposition was losing confidence in its strength to claim Putrajaya as voiced in their previous battle cry of ‘road to Putrajaya’.
“Support for BN throughout the nation is getting stronger and the opposition is nervous,” he said.