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Published on: Sunday, April 22, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan said Barisan Nasional will not only field a candidate that can win, but a candidate that will "tatap menang" (definitely win). "As I said, for Sabah, we find there are YBs who have been around and are still accepted by the people, we cannot deny that.

"We cannot sacrifice someone who has a good record just for the sake of fulfilling a quota, we try as much on the quota, but let's say if the area can still be represented by the YB and that YB has a high rating … I mean what ground do you expect?

"To me, BN will field a candidate who not only can win, but 'tatap menang' God willing," he said when asked if BN will field a winnable candidate in the 14th General Election.

He was representing Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Aman when officiating the Jelajah Pendidikan Bumiputera 2018 Borneo Zone at the Dewan Masyarakat Manggatal, Saturday.

On how far prepared is the BN candidate list, he said, "Ask the Chief Minister … all I can say is that it is 99 per cent finalised."

On when the Chief Minister would announce the candidate list since the BN Manifesto will be announced on Wednesday (April 25), only two days before nomination which falls on April 28, he said, "It is beyond my territory, let the Chief Minister answer that."

On rumours of internal problems which resulted in the BN Manifesto to be rescheduled from April 22 to April 25, he said, "No, I haven't heard of any internal problems."

"It is just two days difference, do you think it can be solved within two days? In other words, even if it is on Wednesday, what you heard is wrong, if there is a problem on Sunday, surely there is a problem on Wednesday."

"For me, Wednesday is as good as Sunday," he said rubbishing claims of internal problems.

Abdul Rahman, who is BN Strategic Communications Director, also answered questions on the 16 Umno members who have filed leave for a judicial review to challenge the legality of the party.

"We have already explained this countless times, that in terms of law, there is no problem, and we have had views from lawyers and advisers on the position of Umno.

"To me, they can challenge, but eventually the court will decide, but as far as we are concerned, we are of the opinion that Umno has done nothing wrong in this matter.

"But you know, even during Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's time, Umno was banned, so this is just part of their tactic.

"Now they want Umno to be banned again, but it's okay, it is a process, we will deal with it, I believe the right ruling will prevail and Umno will be able to proceed with the intention to win the general election," he said. - Sherell Jeffrey


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