Los­ing Felda seats will spell doom for BN

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

KUALA LUMPUR: Los­ing sup­port in con­stituen­cies lo­cated in Felda ar­eas would spell doom for Barisan Na­sional (BN) and Umno in the next gen­eral elec­tion.

Maran divi­sion deputy chief Datuk Sha­h­a­niza Sham­sud­din said the vot­ers in Felda ar­eas na­tion­wide have started to lose con­fi­dence in the gov­ern­ment for its fail­ure in tack­ling ba­sic is­sues in­volv­ing the com­mu­nity.

“The Felda ar­eas are now fac­ing grave chal­lenges. There is a high pos­si­bil­ity that vot­ers will cast a protest vote if no ac­tion is taken to re­solve is­sues that con­cern them,” she said.

“In the last gen­eral elec­tion, Barisan Na­sional won 48 seats and lost 6 seats in Felda set­tle­ments. When the op­po­si­tion can add an­other 23 Felda seats, that will be the end of BN’s rul­ing era,” she said dur­ing a de­bate at the gen­eral as­sem­bly.

She said the Felda com­mu­nity were now feel­ing the pinch due to the in­creased cost of liv­ing, and were fur­ther bur­dened by the re­cent short­age of cook­ing oil in the mar­ket.

“Felda is the big­gest pro­ducer of palm oil, but why are we be­com­ing a laugh­ing stock? The palm trees are right in front of us when we open our house door,” she said.

Umno choco­late bars for sale dur­ing the gen­eral as­sem­bly. The pack­ag­ing fea­tures pho­to­graphs of Umno lead­ers.

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