Nazri pooh-poohs PH’s Felda objective

KUALA KANGSAR: Tourism and Culture Minister Nazri Aziz has dismissed Pakatan Harapan’s hope of winning 20 Felda seats as unattainable.

Speaking to FMT, he said Pakatan was indulging in wishful thinking if it believed it could make headway in the traditional Umno strongholds by holding roadshows covering the settlements.

He described Felda as “Umno’s brainchild” and said any effort to make the settlers abandon the party was bound to end in frustration.

The Felda seats Pakatan has its eyes on include Pagoh, Kulai, Tebrau, Simpang Renggam, Sekijang, Labis and Segamat, which are in Johor; Bera, Temerloh, Cameron Highlands, Bentong and Lipis (Pahang); Tanjung Malim and Sungai Siput (Perak); Kubang Pasu (Kedah); Alor Gajah (Melaka); and Jempol (Negeri Sembilan).

Mazlan Aliman, an activist fighting for Felda causes, has said that it is possible for Pakatan to win 20 of the 54 Felda seats in the country due to disaffection among young settlers.

Nazri said Pakatan was deluding itself if it believed that large crowds at its talks in Felda areas meant that it had large support among settlers.

“Of course, people will come out to the ceramah and listen, but this won’t necessarily translate to votes,” he said.

He noted that many Chinese attended his campaign programmes in 2013. The number of votes he got from the community did not mirror the crowd sizes, he added.

In 2013, BN won 48 Felda seats.