CYBERJAYA: An Umno minister today brushed aside a Pakatan Harapan (PH) claim to have made inroads into Felda schemes, saying Barisan Nasional (BN) still enjoys strong support from the majority of the settlers.
Salleh Said Keruak said BN’s confidence of support from the settlers was no empty talk but based on facts.
“What I said is based on figures we obtained from the ground, not assumptions,” the minister of communications and multimedia said after attending the launching of a drama series produced jointly with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission today.
Salleh had said yesterday that PH’s claim that it would win some seats located within Felda settlements in the next general election was a mere “pipe-dream”.
This was because the settlers would continue to support the BN government led by Umno which had served them well, especially in helping the Malays by providing cash, subsidies, annual bonuses and various other aid, he added.
PPBM president Muhyiddin Yassin, in responding to Salleh’s earlier statement, warned the BN not to be complacent about its support among Felda settlers.
“The reception for Pakatan Harapan and PPBM in the Felda schemes is fantastic which has encouraged us to focus our campaign in the settlements,” said Muhyiddin who is PPBM president.