TAN Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said Barisan Nasional shall be on the offensive in explaining its policies and responding to issues raised by DAP and its allies.
“We will not be defensive but offensive in explaining issues for the sake of those voters who are not clear about them.
“I have been on the ground. There are specific areas which we need to look into. We will come up with better planning for the benefit of the people whoever and wherever they are. Sibu can still grow and prosper,” the deputy BN chairman said.
Muhyiddin said BN needed to win over the more than 50,000 voters spread over a large area.
“But we will try to reach out to everybody so that our candidate, Robert Lau Hui Yew, will be elected.
“We have directed all levels of our machinery to move to the ground as efficiently as possible and whatever internal problems there are will have to be resolved.
“Therefore, this by-election, like any other by-election, is important and significant to us.
“The coalition concept has been working very well. And every race in the country is assisted for whatever problems they have.
“We want to ensure that every voter will come out and vote for our candidate,” he said.
Muhyiddin said BN did not fear facing Pakatan Rakyat in the state as this was not the first time it was facing it.
“We faced them in the Batang Ai by-election and won. To me, this shows that the BN concept is still being accepted as it has been working very well for all races.”
Muhyiddin stressed that the support of all races was essential for BN to win and not just Bumiputera support alone.
“Voters are kings in all elections. We must know how to manage them irrespective of their race and religion,” he said when asked if BN would need to depend heavily on Bumiputeras to deliver the votes in Sibu
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