Malaysia: BN still preferred despite Felda woes: Merdeka Center – 21 Aug 2017

  • Despite all the troubles Felda and its subsidiaries have been facing in the past three months, with allegations of corruption and abuse of power, a political analyst says Barisan Nasional (BN) will still emerge winners in the next general election.
  • Merdeka Center for Opinion Research executive director Ibrahim Suffian said though reports that settlers have started to lose faith in BN and Prime Minister Najib Razak are true, BN still has a clear advantage, Asean Today reported.
  • “Despite the opposition’s increased visits to Felda settlements, the chances of winning them over are limited as the opposition currently lacks convincing leadership or clarity of message,” Ibrahim was quoted as saying.
  • The state assemblywoman for Kuala Sentul, Pahang, Shahaniza Shamsuddin believes that despite reassurances from Najib, the issue of dissatisfaction among Felda settlers over its management “hasn’t fully died down yet”. Shahaniza, who is also Maran Umno deputy chief, told Asean Today that her constituents still thought only BN could help address Felda’s issues.

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