Lokman: Najib’s Fate May Swing Malay Votes In 5 States

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In coming state polls, tough to win in at least 5 out of 6 states with majority Malay voters if Najib is not released soon, says Umno's Lokman Adam - Photocredit: FB Lokman Noor Adam Official
In coming state polls, tough to win in at least 5 out of 6 states with majority Malay voters if Najib is not released soon, says Umno's Lokman Adam - Photocredit: FB Lokman Noor Adam Official

In coming state polls, tough to win in at least 5 out of 6 states with majority Malay voters if Najib is not released soon, says Umno’s Lokman Adam

One of Umno’s most vociferous figures after GE14 is Lokman Noor Adam, the party’s current Director of Communications and a member of the Supreme Council (MKT).

A proponent of the current Unity Government comprising Pakatan Harapan (PH) and Barisan Nasional (BN) and a few other parties, he however thinks it is tough for the coalition to win in at least five out of six states with majority Malay voters, which will affect the election result.

This is because Umno may be seen as failing to defend the fate of its former president who is currently in jail as a result of political persecution. If the party can’t do that, how does it hope to defend the citizens, will be the question on voters’ minds.

Former BN/Umno President and Malaysia’s sixth Prime Minister, Najib Razak, is currently serving a 12-year jail sentence in Kajang Prison for the SRC International case which many now see as political tyranny to justify the smear campaign disseminated by Mahathir and his team before the 2018 general election.

Najib, who also goes by the moniker Bossku, became the country’s most popular and trending political figure in the past four years as he took full advantage of his social media platforms to fight for the people and ease their burdens during these difficult times.

Lokman And Bossku

Lokman, who has always been seen as one of the ‘Bossku men’, says that Najib’s popularity is not without merit, many people, especially the B40s, appreciate his people-centric policies during his premiership. As a person who is seen to be very committed in improving the well-being of the rakyat, he deserves a chance to be given a full pardon from the King. His release will help the Unity Goverment to win more states in the upcoming PRN in 6 states. He added that figures from the last Parliamentary and State elections speak for themselves.

The Melaka state election was held on 20 Nov 2021 where BN won 75% of all seats that were contested (21/28). But during GE15 which was held on 19 Nov 2022, only a year later, BN in Melaka won ZERO seats that they contested in (0/6).

The same goes for Johor. In the state election which was held on 12 March 2022, BN handsomely won 74% from all seats that they contested (40/56). But for the Parliamentary election in Johor which was held eight months after that on 19 Nov 2022, BN won only 34.6% of all the seats they contested in (9/26).

Why the marked difference in such a short period of time? Less than a year, to be exact.

“This is because, on 23 August 2022, Najib was sentenced to jail, albeit unrepresented by counsel, thus ending any hopes for BN to emulate their previous rousing victories for the then GE 15 which was held in November last year,” said Lokman who was the previous Director of Communications of the Finance Ministry when Najib was the Prime Minister.

Lokman feels that with Najib's release and the Unity gov't gets stronger, it will spell the end of racism in the country - Reuters pic
Lokman feels that with Najib’s release and the Unity gov’t gets stronger, it will spell the end of racism in the country – Reuters pic

Speaking to mediahit at the Breaking of Fast for his team of Laskar Siber volunteers on Monday (10 April), he said that if Najib is not given full Pardon before the Eid celebrations, scheduled to be held 10 days from today, it may be an uphill task for the BN-PH government to garner victories in the states, except perhaps in Penang, of which PH is the incumbent and difficult for Perikatan Nasional (PN) to garner non-Malay votes due to their Malay-centric propaganda.

“As for Selangor, Kelantan, Terengganu, Negeri Sembilan and Kedah, it’s going to be a tough call to win, not just because Najib is in jail, but because Umno will be lumped with a trust deficit by its own members who place very high respect on Najib and feels that he is a victim of UMNO’s enemies.

“Imagine if we have Najib and the strengths of Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim and his deputy, Umno President Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, it will be a unifying factor to bring back the confidence of the Malays and the non-Malays to the fold of both parties.

“I am confident that the BN-PH government can easily edge out opposition PN who did exceedingly well during GE15, but with insufficient seats to form the government.”

Lokman Adam has had quite a checkered history, especially after BN lost power in 2018. His path has been rocky and not without controversies, especially when it comes to dealings with some of his previous Umno peers like former Health Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin who had labelled him as Lobakman (Carrotman).

Also Read:- Najib SRC Conviction: Does He Deserve A Pardon?

Loud Voice

Now that he has a MKT position and a role to play in Umno, will he tone down his voice?

“Many people do not remember that I was actually a Supreme Council member of Umno a month after BN lost power in 2018, but after that I was sacked for being the loud-mouthed person who spoke out against any possible coalition with the PM at that time, Mahathir Mohamed. That cooperation didn’t happen due to Mahathir’s failure to form a Bumiputra Government, instead he wanted UMNO and PAS to join a Unity Government with DAP. That was before Langkah Sheraton (Sheraton move) happened.

“I don’t see why I should keep quiet now that the party needs to have a stronger voice,” he added.

At the same time, Umno is Malay-centric while PH has the grasp of more than 90% of the non-Malay community in the country, thus Lokman is aware that the party needs to undergo a bit of reinvention to ensure that they also reach out to the PH supporters and vice-versa.

“This will result in a win-win situation as this current government needs to remain relevant, at least until GE16. If we can survive longer, that will be wonderful.  It’s going to be the end of racism in this beloved nation,” said Lokman. – mediahit

Also Read:- The Writing’s On The Wall: Release Najib Now!