KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said Barisan Nasional’s (BN) convincing victory in the Sarawak state election meant that the opposition pact failed to create a political tsunami in the state.The prime minister said what was being harped by the opposition, whether during their ceramah (talks) or through the alternative media, SMSes and other channels, the voters in general did not accept the tactics used by the opposition parties in trying to create a political tsunami in Sarawak.“And I believe this is the reason, and ultimately, the voters in Sarawak were thinking rationally and not emotionally, that their future would only be safeguarded and guaranteed by supporting BN, and that the opposition parties were not better alternatives.“This is the conclusion that we can make based on the big victory achieved by BN,” Najib, who is also BN chairman, said at a press conference at Menara Dato’ Onn, here, last night.In the Sarawak state election yesterday, BN won 55 of the 71 seats contested while the opposition won 15 and an independent candidate, one.Of the 15 seats won by the opposition, DAP secured 12 while Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) won only three out of the 49 seats it contested.Najib regarded BN’s win which exceeded two-thirds majority as a strong mandate from the people for BN to continue to govern the large state.“I wish to take this opportunity to thank all the voters in Sarawak for giving their continued support to BN,” he said.The prime minister said one of the reasons for BN’s big victory in the state election was the close cooperation between the federal and state governments and between the central BN and Sarawak BN.

“I wish to thank Tan Sri Taib Mahmud as the Chief Minister and the state government because when both governments work together and are always in agreement, it means we give hope to the people that we can bring about a major change or transformation to Sarawak.” — Bernama

“I believe that one of the good things that has happened is that we have touched the imagination of the people when we promised a major transformation for the country and also for Sarawak through the Government Transformation Programme and Economic Transformation Programme, the momentum of which will be heightened,” he said. — Bernama

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