BN banks on Sg Besar system to regain Selangor


PETALING JAYA: The Barisan Nasional will use its Sungai Besar system to regain power in Selangor at the next general election, says Selangor Umno head Noh Omar.

“This is momentum, this is a new system. We have discussed with all BN components; we had a retreat and we came up with a blueprint on how to win Selangor,” he said in a media interview.

“We tried it out in Sungai Besar. If it was successful there, it was to be our template. If we lost, we would throw away the blueprint. It was successful and can be used for the general election, and we will.”

The strategy, based on key performance indicators, was drawn up for the Sungai Besar by-election last month, The BN candidate, Budiman Mohd Zohdi, was elected the MP, succeeding Noriah Kasnon who died in a helicopter crash in May.

Budiman, who is Selangor assembly member for Sungai Panjang, polled 16,800 votes giving him a majority of 9,191 over his nearest rival, Azhar Abdul Shukor of Parti Amanah (7,609), representing the Pakatan Harapan alliance. The third candidate, Abdul Rani Osman of PAS, polled 6,902 votes.

Umno’s strategy in Sungai Besar was to focus on BN’s strengths, said Noh Omar, not on the weaknesses of the opposition, and by setting targets for each member party of the BN to deliver a specific number of votes.

“We didn’t care about a three-cornered or five-cornered fight or who Pakatan fields. Forget about it, in BN we will concentrate on our party. We have our KPI, we say we want 17,000 votes from one party: we got this for the Chinese parties, from the Indians. We all have our own KPIs to achieve,” Noh Omar was quoted as saying.

Noh Omar expects a change in Barisan Nasional’s political fortunes at the next general election. The ruling coalition suffered the loss of its two-thirds majority in Parliament, and control of the state governments in Kelantan, Penang and Selangor in 2008 and 2013.

Last week, Noh Omar returned to the federal cabinet, being appointed minister of urban wellbeing, housing and local government.

“Now that I am in the Cabinet, I can raise the concerns of Selangor people straight to all the ministers. I can meet every week with the prime minister and other ministers. If there is a problem, I can directly solve it together with the ministers instead of the state government. This an advantage,” Noh Omar said.