The Borneo Post (Sabah)

BN likely to make comeback, says ex-academicia­n


SIBU: Barisan Nasional (BN) is set to make a comeback in Sarawak and would have a fighting chance in the next state or parliament­ary election, said former lecturer Dr Mashor Hossen. He said he could see the coalition's strength in the rural areas, especially the predominan­tly-Bumiputera constituen­cies.

“It is possible that BN would claim some Malay, Iban and Bidayuh-majority seats – perhaps even some urban seats as well.

“This is not impossible at all.

The rural voters would only look at the BN logo, not really at the candidates. This is undeniably BN's strength,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Mashor, who was previously associated with Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) in Penang, said no one could take BN's strength lightly.

He believed that many young people in Sarawak would join BN and this would not be a surprise.

He also said democracy should not restrict any political party registered in Malaysia to come to Sarawak.

“I believe that in the next state election, there would be a fierce competitio­n between Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS), BN, Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB), Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) and other existing parties in Sarawak, as well as the independen­t candidates,” he said.

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