Friday August 31, 2012
Chin: Najib is still the best PM material, BN’s campaign should stress this
By VANES DEVINDRAN
KUCHING: The campaign for the coming general election ought to strike where it matters most, that is who will make a good prime minister.
SUPP president Datuk Seri Peter Chin said there was every likelihood that there would be four main players for the premiership namely, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, PKR leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, PAS spiritual leader Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat and either Lim Kit Siang or Lim Guan Eng, both DAP leaders.
“In reality, it is not so much on which state or chief minister or MP comes first. It’s about who (at the end of the day) becomes prime minister.
“We are all for Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and we should use this angle in our campaign,” he said at the “1 Night with P195 and P196 Friends” here on Wednesday.
He said Najib had the track record of steering the country to greater heights, therefore, with him at the helm of the Government, the people would be assured of continuity.
According to Chin, based on that, the focus of the Barisan campaign should be centred on who fits the bill and who the nation could entrust their future to.
He said Barisan should make the people realise how crucial their votes would be in determining who would lead the nation.
However, Chin, who is Energy, Water and Green Technology Minister, reminded that for the Barisan machinery to work on this angle, members must themselves be convinced that the coalition was the way forward for Malaysia.
On SUPP’s preparations, Chin said, “We need to choose the best weapon for our campaign in the 13th general election.
“I will get my SUPP team to hold a seminar soon to discuss setting our objectives and strategies of winning the hearts of voters before we actually go into the battle.
“We are facing a battle royale so we ought to be truly ready.”
Earlier, Chin praised fellow component party SPDP for its efforts to hold such an event in support of SUPP’s move to win back Bandar Kuching and retain Stampin.
He said this friendship and collaboration was the spirit which all Barisan component parties required to win the elections.
“If we cannot work together we will loose. We can’t achieve our objectives on our own.
“Therefore, I take my hat off to (SPDP president) Tan Sri William Mawan for this encouragement from SPDP.
“He (Mawan) was saying to me just now about why we can’t be one party. Although it was just casual talk, it rings a truth because we are from the same party after all — we are working for the same coalition,” Chin said.
He said in order to win, Barisan should conduct campaigns along similar line namely, a seat won by a member party is a coalition victory.