KUCHING: The Barisan Nasional’s (BN) resounding victory in Sarawak’s rural constituencies reflected the strong voter confidence on the coalition’s plan to intensify development in their areas, Sarawak Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud said tonight.
He said at the same time, the marginal defeats which BN suffered in some of the urban constituencies had shown that the coalition performed better than during the last state elections in 2011.
“The government’s policies on rural development received wide support. Although we have overcome many issues concerning urban areas, the response from voters is still not satisfactory,” he said in a press conference at his official residence here.
Taib, who is also state BN chairman, was commenting on BN’s victory in the 13th General Election (GE13) in Sarawak where the coalition secured 25 of the 31 constituencies.
He said the narrow defeats suffered by BN, particularly in the three urban constituencies of Miri, Sibu and Sarikei in the election had shown that the coalition still commanded good support in the area, but the tide was against them this time. – Bernama