No Malay tsunami in GE14, says Najib

Prime Minister Najib Razak calls Chinese voters ‘strategic voters’ because they will wait until the last minute to decide.

PUTRAJAYA: Will there be a Malay tsunami in the 14th general election (GE14)? Unlikely, according to Prime Minister Najib Razak.

“I don’t detect a Malay tsunami. A Malay tsunami would mean a rejection of Umno and I don’t see that happening.

“We had taken part in by-elections (since the last general election) as a test and have an assessment of the feelings of the Malays on the ground.

“So, I don’t see a Malay tsunami,” Najib told senior editors at his office here today.

The Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman, who has been visiting various states in the run-up to GE14, said the mood and sentiment among the people were good and generally better than before the last general election.

“I don’t see the mood to change the government,” he said.

When asked about the Chinese voters’ mood ahead of the election, Najib said it was hard to say now as their voting tendencies would only be clearer at the last minute.

“MCA says the Chinese will come back (to BN), some people say no.

“For the Chinese voters, you will only detect (the voting patterns at the) last minute because they are strategic voters.

“They will vote based on certain considerations.

“So, we don’t know yet for sure. Nobody knows for sure,” he said.

However, Najib emphasised that the Chinese would get a better deal with the BN, particularly in terms of having a stronger representation in the government.

“I can’t keep on giving four or five ministerial (posts) if they (the Chinese community) don’t support BN. So, they have to make a choice.

“If the country prospers, so will the Chinese. If we move strongly economically, the Chinese community in the country will benefit,” he said.

On Parti Warisan Sabah, led by Shafie Apdal, Najib said the party was not strong enough to create a political tsunami in Sabah.