Datuk Seri Najib was given a rousing welcome
by the Indian community during the Deepavali
This is a result of the quick and brave action by UMNO following the 2008 Tsunami by making necessary drastic changes.
Although victory is still uncertain, but the support from the people, prompted by a high awareness that BN’s defeat could lead to destruction of their pride, race, religion and country.
This would not be realized if there is no capability, wisdom and efficiency in Najib’s leadership in handling political problems, economic threats and social crisis, especially relating to racial integration, religion and the country’s security.
We can see several factors that will assist BN to achieve the win of a two-third majority in the 13th general election based on my experience as a journalist and also as a government insider:
1. Tun Dr. Mahathir is back supporting UMNO by bringing with him millions of his supporters who also “sulk” over the move to dissect UMNO.
2. The BN media are unanimous in supporting BN compared to the time during the 12th general election where the mainstream newspapers and media; The Star, New Straits Times and TV 3 played a role in exposing weaknesses and split in UMNO and the government by highlighting racial issues which belittled UMNO, leaving Utusan Malaysia alone to support UMNO.
3. The emergence of scores of NGOs and former army and police officers in support of UMNO and the government, a situation which has never happened in previous elections.
4. Aid given to the people through UMNO divisions are presented directly by Datuk Seri Najib kto millions of people of various races through official channels.
5. Blog and the online media, which were previously against BN, have now shifted their support to BN, besides the emergence of many new pro-government cyber troopers, compared during the last general election where the social media are monopolized by the opposition.
6. In the 12th general election, the BN manifesto was not distributed despite it being published by NST which took it from Utusan Melayu, but this time around BN will distribute the manifesto, promises fulfilled for social justice and country’s prosperity which has been carefully formulated to encompass all aspects of the people’s hopes and inspirations.
7. Hard work, commitment and dedication of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib as seen by the people convinced them of his honesty and sincerity, an in fact has raised sympathy of the people from all races towards him. His handsome look is also an advantage, compared with Anwar’s aging look.
8. Pas has lost its religious identity and Anwar Ibrahim has lost all his close friends who had all the while supported his idealism, including the Islamic intellectuals, as well as his moral problems which the people are now beginning to believe. He is seen to be alone among a group of people all with their own personal interests.
9. Datuk Seri Najib is under the Yang Dipertuan Agong, Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu`adzam Shah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Badlishah of Kedah, who was also the king when his father, Tun Abdul Razak, was the prime minister and Najib also has to deal with the foreign intrusion in Lahad Datu, like his father did in handling the Indonesian confrontation.