BUKIT MERTAJAM: Barisan Nasional is confident of a ‘four zero knockout in Permatang Pauh’, meaning that Barisan will capture the three state and one parliamentary seats.
Barisan’s Permatang Pauh parliamentary candidate Dr Mazlan Ismail, 53, said the coalition could score major landslide victory against incumbent Permatang Pauh MP Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
He was speaking to reporters after filing his nomination papers at the National Youth Skills Institute here yesterday.
On the recent letter sent by a well-known ulamak from Saudi Arabia to PKR supporting Anwar as the Prime Minister, he said the letter was unimportant as it would not bring Anwar to power.
“What’s important is the services rendered, and so far Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Abdul Razak’s performance has been impressive,” said Dr Mazlan.
Earlier, Anwar said there were too many independents contesting this time.
“But Pakatan Rakyat and Barisan will still have the advantage. I believe the independent candidates may win one or two seats.”
He added that the readiness of PAS and PKR to offer DAP their logos showed the solidarity of the alliance.
“Unlike previous general elections, the Opposition is now able to take on Barisan and replace it as the Government,” he said.
Dr Mazlan, together with other Barisan candidates Datuk Mohammad Nasir Abdullah (Seberang Jaya), 53, Anuar Faisal Yahaya (Permatang Pasir), 35, and Ibrahim Ahmad (Penanti), 48, arrived at the nomination centre with their thousands of supporters at 9.05am.
Anwar and the Pakatan candidates Dr Norlela Ariffin, (Penanti), 50, Datuk Mohd Salleh Man (Permatang Pasir), 59, and Dr Afif Bahardin (Seberang Jaya), 28, arrived at 9.15am, also accompanied by thousands of supporters.
A minor scuffle between Anwar’s bodyguards and the police ensued when the police tried to stop the bodyguards from entering the nomination centre.