SELANGAU: The Sarawak Barisan Nasional (BN) leadership is confident of again putting up an excellent showing in the next parliamentary elections, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said yesterday.

He said this message was conveyed to him by all the Sarawak BN leaders at a closed-door briefing in Bintulu on the Sarawak BN’s preparations for the polls.

Sarawak BN won all but one of the 31 parliamentary seats in the general election in 2008. State and parliamentary elections are held separately in Sarawak.

Speaking to reporters after attending a meet-the-people session at SJKC Tong Ah here, Muhyiddin said he was also informed that the people in the state still supported the BN.

“But we still need to give more focus on the grassroots to solve problems they face. I have requested the leaders to forward suggestions on how best the rural areas in the state can be made to be more progressive,” he said.

He said if this could be done, they could then be assured of the people’s continuing, and even greater, support for the BN.

When asked if certain internal problems faced by component parties, such as SUPP and SPDP, would have an impact on the BN at the polls, Muhyiddin said he had advised the leaders concerned to solve their problems in the best possible manner and as soon as they could.

“The problems should not affect our overall plan to successfully defend all our seats. It is very important for our machinery on the ground to function very effectively so that we can reap all the support from the ground,” he said.

Muhyiddin said the leaders concerned had given their commitment to come up with solutions.

He said Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, who is also the state’s BN chairman, had also advised them to solve their problems. — Bernama

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