GEORGE TOWN, April 10 — Penang Umno said today it hopes to win all of the 15 state and five parliamentary seats it is contesting in this general election.
Penang Umno chief Datuk Seri Zainal Abidin Osman expressed his confidence that the party would receive more support from voters in GE14 compared to previous elections.
“We started going down on the ground to serve the people two years ago. We have done our work to gain the people’s trust and support,” he said.
He said there will be multi-cornered contests for most seats from PAS, independent candidates and other small parties this time too.
“These multi-cornered fights coupled with current issues will only give Umno, under Barisan Nasional (BN), an advantage to win the seats,” he said.
He believed that the multi-cornered fights will only work to split Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) votes and not BN’s which will in turn give BN the majority votes to win the seats.
He said Penang Umno is working twice as hard to win all of the seats it is contesting and hoped to even wrest the state back from PH.
“We hope that our BN components will also win seats so that we can take back the state from DAP,” he said.
Currently, Umno has 10 state seats and three parliamentary seats in Penang while other BN component parties, Gerakan, MCA and MIC, did not win any seats in the previous elections.
Zainal Abidin said the Penang BN manifesto for this election will focus on saving the state from the current administration’s policies.
“The manifesto is formulated based on the ‘Save Penang’ spirit so that we can save the state from being further ruined by DAP,” he said.
He said the manifesto will list Penang BN’s promises to the people that included cancelling some projects that were detrimental to the environment and the people.
Zainal Abidin added that he is certain the people of Penang can now see the “true colours” of the DAP-led state government that only implemented projects to benefit developers while destroying the natural environment of the island state.
“We only hope the people of Penang will give us the mandate this election to take over the state government so that we can get rid of these DAP projects that do not benefit them,” he said.
BN lost the state to the then -akatan Rakyat (PR) back in 2008, with DAP winning all 19 state seats it contested, while PKR won nine seats and PAS one.
PR retained the state with increased votes and an additional state seat in 2013.
PR no longer exists as PAS exited the coalition and now, there are four components in PH consisting of DAP, PKR, Parti Amanah Nasional and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia.
DAP will be contesting 19 state seats, PKR 14, Amanah three and PKR four state seats.