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Anwar looking at 10-seat majority

June 6, 2012

The opposition leader expressed his confidence in capturing Putrajaya to diplomats and foreign correspondents yesterday.

KUALA LUMPUR: Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim said he is confident that Pakatan Rakyat would win a “comfortable” majority in the next general election that is widely expected to be held within months.

Anwar told about 70 diplomats and foreign journalists at a dinner talk on Wednesday that the opposition is ready to lead with at least a 10-seat parliamentary majority in the upcoming election.

“I don”t expect to win all the states but there are no survey that says we will do worse now compare to 2008,” Anwar said.

“They (ruling coalition Barisan Nasional) tried. In the last election when they lost five states… they could not have accepted that they did not have these states. I think they are now resigned to the fact and many of them are now uncomfortable, you know ministers have lost,” he added.

Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak is expected to call the election anytime from now before his government”s five-year mandate ends April next year.

Analysts said the election is an important gauge for Najib”s support after BN was dealt the worst blow in history by losing five states and its two-thirds majority to the opposition in the 2008 election under the previous administration.

Najib’s approval ratings fell from 69 percent in February to 65 percent in May after the government was accused to have mishandled the Bersih 3.0 mass rally on April 28, according to independent pollster Merdeka Center.

Anwar described Najib as a weak prime minister who appeared to be “too scared” of former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, the longest serving premier who modernised Malaysia, but in Anwar’s view, had “small influence” among the people.

- XinHua


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