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'Selangor BN has learnt its lesson'


PARADIGM SHIFT: Coalition now focusing of serving the people, says Zin

KUALA LUMPUR: BARISAN Nasional will recapture Selangor in the 13th general election   as it had undergone  a "paradigm shift by prioritising the people".

Selangor BN election deputy director Datuk Seri Mohd Zin Mohamed said the unexpected loss of the state during the 2008 election had pushed the coalition to find out what went wrong and made the necessary adjustments.

"The reason for us meeting here is to reach out to the people and try to regain their support," he said during a working visit to the Gombak and Ampang parliamentary constituencies yesterday.

He admitted that previously, BN might have taken the people's support in Selangor for granted but this had now changed.

Zin said in 2008, the lack of support for BN had stemmed more from the people's anger towards the conduct of the coalition at that time rather than strong support for the opposition.

"This time, we have doubled our efforts with priority given to serving the people.

"We also have injected confidence among the voters that we can accommodate the changes they want to see in the country."

Zin pointed out that the BN government had fulfilled its promises through the Government Transformation Programme (GTP).

"The majority of objectives under the programme were met, and this shows how much the government has done to help the people."

He added that schemes such as the 1Malaysia People's Aid (BR1M) and 1Malaysia shops (KR1M), initiated under the GTP were because of the government's focus on the people's welfare.

Zin also called on all BN-friendly non-governmental organisations to work closely with the ruling coalition for the election under the slogan "Sayangi Selangor, Yakini BN" (Love Selangor, Have Faith in BN).

He said, based on the large number of Umno members in Selangor, it would be impossible for the coalition not to win back the state.

On his visit yesterday, Zin expressed confidence that BN could win Gombak and the state constituencies within: Batu Caves, Hulu Kelang and Gombak Setia.

"If BN can win back all the seats in Gombak, it will be a strong blow to the opposition's image."

Read more: New Straits Times