CNA Explains: How Barisan Nasional plans to retake opposition stronghold Selangor in the next general election

CNA Explains: How Barisan Nasional plans to retake opposition stronghold Selangor in the next general election

WHAT ARE BN’S ELECTORAL STRATEGIES?

One way the coalition hopes to win is by reinvigorating the state machinery with newer, younger blood. 

In his speech at the convention, national BN chairman Ahmad Zahid Hamidi noted that in Selangor, young voters aged between 18 and 40 comprise up to 54 per cent of the constituents.

“With due respect – I am one of them, we are the old people – it is time for the old people to give way to the younger ones to become Selangor candidates,” he told the delegates. 

Calling for a “gamechanger”, Ahmad Zahid, who is the president of BN linchpin United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), said there are many professionals and leaders from Selangor who should be scouted to return and contest in the state. 

He admitted that the practice of blocking and rejecting professionals from representing the coalition in elections is outdated. 

Former prime minister Najib Razak, who also took to the stage to address the attendees, said the state chapter needs to select a “poster boy” with a wow factor for the next election. 

“Once you mention his name, our graph rises,” he said, adding that the right strategy, manifesto and “poster boy” are crucial ingredients for victory. 

“Let’s not have infighting among ourselves, with a ‘minister cluster’ here, a cluster there. No,” Najib appealed to the crowd as he called for different strategies to be used when campaigning in Selangor’s urban and rural constituencies. 

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