KUALA LUMPUR: What transpired in Sarawak on Saturday was not just about a state election, but also about the general sentiments of the voters, according to Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak.
He said the message the voters in Sarawak sent in the election was more or less the same sentiments all over rural Malaysia, although urban Malaysians might have a slightly different view.
“And if this continues, then we are going to see the Sarawak 2016 success emulated in the next general election as well,” he said in his latest post in his blog sskeruak.blogspot.my on Sunday.
Salleh said, some people were attributing the Sarawak state election results to the low voter turnout, according to Bernama
“We must remember that in 2011, Barisan Nasional won 77 per cent of the seats compared to 88 per cent this time around. And this was also based on the same 70 per cent voter turnout. So, there must be other reasons other than just voter turnout at play here,” he said.
Salleh said, one major factor, was the Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem himself.
“Even the opposition reluctantly admitted today that they lost to Adenan’s popularity. And both sides of the political divide talk about ‘Team Adenan’, admitting that this was a major deciding factor,” he said.
He said the opposition, on the other hand, had no team as they were terribly fragmented and divided.
“Let us just admit that Barisan Nasional at both local and federal level ran a good campaign and it paid off. And credit has to go to Team Adenan and Team (Datuk Seri) Najib (Tun Razak),” he said