Pahang BN did well in GE14

The appointment of the new Menteri Besar will be decided after receiving the consent from the Sultan of Pahang Sultan Ahmad Shah and the Regent of Pahang, Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah.

In the 14th General Election(GE14), Barisan Nasional (BN) won 25 state seats from a total of 42 seats in Pahang while Pas secured eight seats and the opposition nine seats.

BENTONG: The appointment of the new Menteri Besar will be decided after receiving the consent from the Sultan of Pahang Sultan Ahmad Shah and the Regent of Pahang, Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah.

State Barisan Nasional(BN) chairman Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob said the decision from the palace will be done in the near future which will be followed by the swearing-in ceremony.

Adnan, who is the state Umno liaison committee chairman, said the decision on the state executive council line-up will be only done after the palace decides on the new Menteri Besar.

“Let the Sultan and Regent of Pahang decide on the Menteri Besar before we decide on the state line-up. There is still time for it,” he told reporters when met today.

In the 14th General Election(GE14), Barisan Nasional (BN) won 25 state seats from a total of 42 seats in Pahang while Pas secured eight seats and the opposition nine seats.

Meanwhile, on Pahang’s overall performance in GE14, Adnan said he was pleased that BN managed to form a state government after winning 25 state seats.

“I think considering the so called Malay tsunami or so called pressure that we (BN) were facing, Pahang performed quite well.

If you look at other states, they lost the state but not us although we did not secure a two-thirds majority but we are in control.

“The simple majority is still big….BN’s 25 seat against 17 (Pakatan Harapan) and it is not a close majority.

Its a big simple majority which we hope to contribute to a stable state government. We will conduct a post-mortem and look into our performance in GE14,” he said.

Meanwhile, Adnan said as the state BN chairman, he is also partly to be blamed as they (BN) were not 100 percent objective (fielding winnable candidates).

On the selection of candidates for GE14, there were signs that some of the candidates were going to lose but we still fielded them.

“When it comes to the general election, the choice of candidates has to be done precisely.

We received reports from several groups about the candidates but in the end sometimes the sentiment overrules the objectivity.

“We cannot always be 100 percent certain when selecting someone (naming a candidate).

“There were candidates whom we knew were not going to stand a chance to secure victory but were still fielded.

We were not 100 percent objective on the selection and I am partly to be blamed for it,” he said.

Barisan Nasional (BN) won 25 state seats from a total of 42 seats in Pahang while Pas secured eight seats and the opposition nine seats.

Adnan said he was saddened that Umno lost five state seats – Jengka, Panching, Luit, Chenor and Tahan – which were traditionally won by the party.

However, he said the defeat in Panching and Jengka was expected as he had earlier informed the candidates that both the constituencies were not safe seats.

“It is not because the assemblyman did not serve the people but it is due to the voters composition.

Same applied to Tahan where BN had previously won narrowly in close battles.

“Chenor and Luit are seats where BN can secure victory but we lost.

“To ensure that BN and Umno receives support we must follow the people’s wishes and lay out programmes that are widely accepted by the people.

This includes providing assistance continuously in welfare, education and housing,” he said.

On the major projects planned in Pahang including the East Coast Rail Link and Central Spine Road, Adnan said he hoped the federal government will continues to provide its cooperation.

Source: NST Online

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