SIBU: A good strategy and winnable candidates are keys to Barisan Nasional (BN) unseating the opposition in urban areas in the next state election.
PBB’s permanent chairman Datuk Amar Mohamad Asfia Awang Nassar expressed optimism that with BN strategising themselves along that line, it could wrest several urban seats in places such as Kuching, Miri, Sibu and even Sarikei.
“That (move) is left entirely to BN high command on a good strategy and most importantly, the choice of candidates.
“Do not choose candidates who cannot win as the key is winnability.
“We must choose candidates who can win and with the BN flag and together with projects, (BN) should be able to win.
“So, we can wrest back the urban seats that are now controlled by the opposition,” Mohamad Asfia, who is State Legislative Assembly (DUN) speaker said.
He was responding to a question on whether BN could unseat the opposition in several urban seats come the next state election.
Asked on the opposition’s stronghold of Bukit Assek constituency, he said this needed to be examined.
He, however, believed there were other urban seats that could be wrested by BN.
Meanwhile, state DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen recently claimed that the ongoing disagreement within the BN over the admission of Teras, if not settled amicably, would likely benefit Pakatan Rakyat in the upcoming state election.
Chong was also reported to have said any split in their opponent’s camp was good for them.
Asfia, however, did not think so as the opposition leader had been caught up in many sticky situations.
“The opposition is no longer strong as their (PKR) leader is embroiled in a serious legal problem.”