LAST_UPDATETue, 19 Jun 2018 10pm

Pahang BN Candidate Shoulder Huge Responsibility

The new Avengers : Infinity War movie is about a group of superheroes who have different powers joining forces to protect the earth from being destroyed by evil forces, led by supervillain - Thanos.

The Marvel Studios comic character-fiction movie had been of late a popular topic among many people including gaining the attention of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who is also the Barisan Nasional(BN) chairman.

In a posting on his Twitter account recently the Prime Minister advised those who had watched the Hollywood blockbuster not to become spoilers for those who are yet to watch it

Perhaps many would been waiting for the opportunity to watch the movie which began world wide screening yesterday, including the 56 BN candidates for Pahang who can now breathe relief.

This was after the long wait on who will be picked to contest and who will be dropped for the 14th General Election(GE14) following the announcement of the Pahang BN candidate list yesterday by Pahang BN Chairman and Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob.

Seventeen new faces were introduced to contest in three parliamentary seats and 14 state seats while 39 old faces including 10 state councilors will defend their respective state seats.

Adnan, who will contest in Pelangai for the eighth term, reminded all the candidates not to be to be too pleased and keep their emotions in check, as they must realise that there is a big agenda waiting for them outside, kickin-off from nomination day on Saturday.

Similar to the Avengers: Infinity War movie, they also have a huge mission to defend Pahang BN’s supremacy as a stronghold in GE14.

In the 13th General Election(GE13), BN only won 10 out of the 14 parliamentary seats and 32 of the 42 state seats in Pahang, and Adnan along with BN candidates will certainly be hoping for an outing to better their GE14 percormance to cement Pahang as a BN stronghold.

Adnan in his speech has repeatedly reminded the candidates not to be in a jubilation mood because they were named as candidates but instead practise moderation and remain humble.

“We must not be too comfortable or excited because there will be those who will win or lose....the best approach is to be moderate and not to be too proud because we have an important agenda waiting for us to shoulder.

“Those candidates picked to contest must not sideline those who had been dropped and the same applies to those who are not picked, they must assist those named by the party...this has to be done for the best interest of the party,” he said.

On the overall, the BN candidates in Pahang are in their 40s and 60s, and a majority of them are locals who hold various positions within the party with wide experience in facing elections.

They certainly are matured enough to face the various characters and tactics deployed by the opposition, and are well-versed about the national and local issues raised by the voters.

This will certainly make it easier for the election machinery to be mobilised to the ground to meet and convince voters especially those who are considered as fence-sitters.

Among the Pahang BN mission in GE14 is to wrestle back Temerloh, Kuantan, Raub and Indera Mahkota parliamentary seats from the opposition which has now split into two namely Pas and the DAP-led opposition pact which is using the PKR logo.

Umno Supreme council member Datuk Mohd Sharkar Shamsuddin shoulders a huge responsibility as he has been picked to contest then Temerloh parliament seat, while Datuk Andrew Wong Kean Hwee, the special aide to Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, will battle it out in Kuantan, Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun (Raub) and new-comer Datuk Dr Johan Mat Shah (Indera Mahkota).

Dr Johan will lock horns with heavyweight’s, PAS’s information chief Nasrudin Hassan and the opposition pact candidate Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah for the highly anticipated clash.

On the state seats, BN is expected to maintain its status quo but the coalition leadership will be certainly be hoping to improve on the 32 seats haul from the last general election and put an end to the opposition's dreams to rule the biggest state in Peninsular Malaysia.

However, the certainly realise that an uphill tasks awaits them to convince the voters including those who will make BN as their preferred choice in GE14.

This is due the presence of the social media which has emerged as a major platform spreading fake news and slander.

As such the coalition will need to be competent and skillful to counter opposition attacks who are certain to utilise the social media as a medium for their election campaign. This would ensure that BN supporters will not be easily influenced and believe every single news or information shared either through Facebook and Twitter.

They need to have a powerful weapon including a special team to monitor such news and to immediately respond with the facts and complete information to enable the voters to wisely judge the BN candidates in their area.

The campaigning tactics on the ground with voters should also be diversified so that it is easier for them to reach out to certain voter groups and to avoid the voters to fell out of place especially in rural areas and with the Orang Asli.