TAIPING: A senior state BN leader believes that the opposition will never win power in the state again so long as the opposition contains the likes of DAP’s Nga Kor Ming.
Speaking to FMT, the BN official, who declined to be named, said many Malays were turned off by the attacks on the Perak Sultan, the late Sultan Azlan Shah, in the wake of a constitutional crisis in the state in 2009.
Defections from the then ruling-Pakatan Rakyat coalition created a state assembly stalemate when the Sultan refused to dissolve the state assembly to pave the way for fresh elections, as demanded by Pakatan Rakyat.
The BN eventually returned to power.
The BN official said: “The problem with the opposition and their followers is that they just don’t know Malay politics, dealing with the Malays and the Malay rulers.
“Malays don’t like politics of hate, like what Nga thrives on.”
Nga, the state DAP leader, has been state assemblyman for Pantai Remis since 1999 and was twice elected MP for Taiping. He was a senior member of the Pakatan Rakyat state government, holding the housing, local government and transport portfolio.
The BN leader said the opposition’s tactics of making baseless accusations and name calling didn’t sit well with most Malays.
“If the Malays liked that brand of politics we would not have retained Perak in 2013 especially when Pakatan Rakyat was stronger than in 2008.”
The leader added he believed that the Malays placed a higher importance on what elected representatives could do, rather than accept arguments of “choosing the lesser evil”.
“That is why, in Perak, the fight for Malay votes is still between Umno and PAS, because Pakatan Harapan will not be able to really connect with the Malays.”
Barisan Nasional held 31 seats in the 59-member state assembly, Pakatan Harapan 24 and PAS 4.
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