Monday, 3 November 2014

‘Ex-reps best channel to gauge people’s sentiments’

SIBU: Members of the Malaysian Council of Former Elected Representatives (Mubarak) could be of great help in giving input on how to strengthen the Barisan Nasional (BN) machinery as well as address problems faced by the people.

PBB Supreme Council member Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said as former elected representatives, they would be the best group to go to when it came to gauging people’s sentiments.

His remark came following a Bernama report stating that the council was setting up a ‘think-tank’ to assist BN in the 14th general election (GE14).

Mubarak president Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahman was quoted as having said that it would also submit to the government the outcome of its study and survey on the people’s support for BN, which could assist the ruling coalition in its preparation for the next general election.

Abdul Karim, who is also Assistant Minister of Youth Development and Asajaya assemblyman, said: “Any move by anybody – especially the ex-Ybs (people’s representatives) to assist BN in the GE14 is very much welcome.

“Being YBs before, they would be in a better position to gauge the sentiments and feeling of the people on the ground.”

In the Bernama report, Abdul Aziz also said the challenge facing BN in the next general election would be in getting the support from new voters, adding that there would be between 40 and 50 per cent increase of them come GE14.

“They are exposed to various information – some of which may not be true,” he was cited to having told the newswire in Kota Kinabalu on Saturday.

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