KUCHING: DAP has advised state Barisan Nasional (BN) not to be so ‘gung-ho’ by making statements that it is confident of recapturing at least four seats from DAP in the coming state polls.
State DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen recalled that in the 2006 state election, then-chief minister Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud was so confident that the state BN would have a clean sweep in the polls.
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“Before polling day, he (Taib) openly made a birthday wish and was confident that he would have a clean sweep in the state election for BN to celebrate his birthday. The polling day was on May 20, 2006 and the next day was his birthday.
“Everybody knew the result after the state election,” he said in a press conference yesterday, without elaborating on the result.
BN had the worst defeat in that state election, losing six seats to DAP and one to PKR. The seats lost to the opposition were Pending, Kota Sentosa, Bukit Assek, Meradong, Kidurong, Batu Lintang and Padungan.
Chong, who is Bandar Kuching MP, was asked to comment on state BN secretary-general Datuk Dr Stephen Rundi Utom’s recent statement that the state BN was confident of recapturing at least four seats from DAP in the next state polls.
Dr Rundi, who is PBB secretary-general, said he based his optimism on the people-centric approaches and initiatives by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem.
While acknowledging that everybody had the right to express their own opinion, Chong said with the gerrymandering and shifting of voters from one constituency to another to BN’s advantage, coupled with the machinery as well as money at their disposal, there was no reason why BN should not be confident.
On the seat negotiation between Pakatan Harapan partners PKR, DAP and Parti Amanah Negara, Chong said it was on going but declined to disclose the details.
“We have agreed that we should not disclose the details of our negotiations. But you can be rest assured that DAP will try its very best to reach a one-to-one contest against BN in the coming state election.”
Chong hoped the seat negotiation could be concluded as soon as possible.