PUTRAJAYA, April 7- The plans of opposition leaders to try their luck in new areas for the 13th general election clearly shows their fear of being rejected by the people after failing to serve and bring development since 2008.
Barisan Nasional (BN) and Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor described the move as cowardly, as the leaders were afraid to face voters in their original area.
“They are afraid. They are moving because they know they won’t be supported for not serving the people. They only know how to talk, slander, but have never worked like BN representatives.
“They are running because they can’t face the people. They will be rejected if they contest in the same area,” he told reporters after attending a Federal Territory-level programme with the community organised by Tenaga Nasional
Berhad, here today.
Tengku Adnan, who is also Putrajaya Member of Parliament, said members of the public who supported the opposition in the last election have clearly rejected the leadership after realising only the BN government was capable of fulfilling its promises.
Several opposition leaders have indicated their desire to move to other constituencies in the 13th general election, including DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang who expressed his intention to leave the Ipoh Timur parliamentary seat to
contest in Johor.
This was also the case for Parti Keadilan Rakyat de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, who stated his wish to leave Permatang Pauh to try his luck in Perak.
“We challenge them to contest again in their original areas, epecially inKelantan, Kedah, Penang, Selangor and Perak. Why run?” he said.
He added that BN was ready for any opposition candidate after proving their capability to bring development and success to the country since independence and the people’s confidence in the BN government’s leadership.