Barisan Nasional Chairman Datuk Seri Najib Razak (centre) presents the party flags to its Youth and Puteri representatives during the launch of the party’s nationwide Youth and Puteri election machinery on March 10, in Pagoh. Pic by ASYRAF HAMZAH

KUALA LUMPUR: BARISAN Nasional is certain that Johor will remain its bastion in the 14th parliamentary term.

Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed, who was Pulai member of parliament in the last term, said the people in the state were not gullible enough to fall for the opposition’s tactics and lies.

He said Johor folk recognised BN’s track record in looking after their welfare.

Nur Jazlan, who is Pulai Umno division chief, said even though the opposition had been saying that it would wrest Johor from BN, it would be an elusive dream.

“If you analyse what is going on, you can see that DAP is the only party which is clear on what it wants and its strategies to materialise its plans.

“However, its strategies are not meant to defeat BN. It is only going after MCA and Gerakan, and is determined to defeat the two parties to mislead the Chinese that it is the only party the community can rely on.

“Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, which has been temporarily dissolved, is a splinter entity of Umno and has no concrete plans on how to steer the country.

“At the end of the day, for as long as the people in Johor are not deceived by the opposition’s campaign, BN will gain more seats in the state,” Nur Jazlan, who was also deputy home minister, told the New Straits Times.

Voters in Johor, especially the Malays, he said, had been discerning in choosing their representatives and would continue choosing the party.

“BN has been championing their struggles all these years,” he said, adding that Johor folk would ensure that the support for Umno remained strong in its birthplace.

On the state BN’s manifesto for GE14 that is expected to be unveiled soon, Nur Jazlan said if the mandate for BN was returned, the coalition would develop the state’s infrastructure.

Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed says Johor folk recognise BN’s track record in looking after their welfare. PIC BY EIZAIRI SHAMSUDIN

The people in the state, he said, would feel the impact of initiatives to improve their quality of life.

The manifesto, he said, included a sound financial plan for the Johor government to boost the economy.

“The manifesto will not only emphasise building more houses, buildings and road networks, but also making the people of Johor happy.

“It will include efforts by the state government as well as the Federal administration to address the housing issue,” he said, adding that Johor BN’s manifesto reflected the ruling coalition’s seriousness in helping the people generate more income.

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