BN con­fi­dent of gar­ner­ing over 92.2 pct of votes cast

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LUNDU: Tan­jong Datu BN by- elec­tion di­rec­tor Dato Sri Wan Ju­naidi Tuanku Jaa­far is con­fi­dent of gar­ner­ing more than 92.2 per cent of the votes cast for its can­di­date Datin Pat­inggi Datuk Amar Jami­lah Anu as well 72 per cent vot­ers’ turnout af­ter 13 days of cam­paign­ing.

His only worry, how­ever, is the wet weather and the flash flood which would fol­low af­ter heavy in­ces­sant rain.

“We have set two tar­gets for this by- elec­tion. Firstly, to beat the late Datuk Pat­inggi Tan Sri Ade­nan Satem’s record of 92.2 per cent sup­port in the last state elec­tion. Se­condly, to achieve 72 per cent vot­ers’ turnout on polling day (Feb 18).”

“I am con­fi­dent of achiev­ing the tar­gets. My only worry is the weather es­pe­cially heavy rain and the flash flood,” Wan Ju­naidi told a press con­fer­ence at the gov­ern­ment rest house here yes­ter­day.

He said heavy rain and flash floods would def­i­nitely af­fect the vot­ers’ turnout as BN ‘can­not not pull peo­ple out of their bed­rooms’ but could only per­suade them to turn up to vote.

“If many vot­ers turn up on polling day, then the per­cent­age will be high. With high turnout the ma­jor­ity will be high,” said Wan Ju­naidi who is Min­is­ter of Nat­u­ral Re­sources and En­vi­ron­ment.

The Tan­jong Datu by- elec­tion is called fol­low­ing the pass­ing of for­mer chief min­is­ter Datuk Pat­inggi Tan Sri Ade­nan Satem on Jan 11. A to­tal of 9,771 el­i­gi­ble vot­ers will cast their votes on Feb 18.

It is a three- cornered fight be­tween Jami­lah and can­di­dates from State Re­form Party Sarawak ( STAR) Johnny Aput and Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak Baru ( PBDS Baru) Rapel­son Richard Hamit.

On the gen­eral sup­port of vot­ers, Wan Ju­naidi said since the 2008 Gen­eral Elec­tion, the sup­port has been on the rise, and in 2011 state elec­tion, Ade­nan was able to garner 92.2 per cent sup­port.

He said for this by- elec­tion, there were not many thorny lo­cal is­sues which the BN ma­chin­ery had to han­dle. The only lo­cal is­sues worth men­tion­ing were the Na­tive Cus­tom­ary Rights ( NCR) land and the set­ting up of SK Se­bat.

For land is­sues such as the one at Kam­pung Sun­gai Limo, Sam­padi and other ar­eas, he said they were all set­tled by BN lead­ers in­clud­ing Chief Min­is­ter Datuk Amar Abang Jo­hari Tun Openg and Deputy Chief Min­is­ter Dou­glas Ug­gah Embas and Se­cond Re­source Plan­ning and En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Datuk Amar Awang Ten­gah Ali Hasan.

The only is­sue left was the set­ting of SK Se­bat which he promised in 2016.

“The peo­ple do not un­der­stand that it takes time to get a pro­ject go­ing. Even for the ten­der stage alone, it would take seven to eight months. The big­ger the pro­ject, the more com­pli­cated and time­con­sum­ing it will be,” said Wan Ju­naidi.

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