Barisan Offers Stability Which Opposition Does Not Have – Dr Salleh Said

Dr Salleh Said shoots down the Malaysian opposition.
Dr Salleh Said shoots down the Malaysian opposition.

KUALA LUMPUR – Barisan Nasional (BN) offers the stability which the opposition does not have, says Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak.

He said BN had been running the country for more than 40 years while the opposition launched five coalitions in 26 years that never survived more than two elections.

“In the next general election, the voters are going to be presented with two choices, either an UMNO-led BN or a DAP-led Pakatan Harapan. This is the reality facing the voters, as what Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak explained.


“The voters will have to weigh what BN can offer as opposed to what Pakatan Harapan can offer,” he posted on his blog at

Salleh, who is also UMNO treasurer, explained that in the May 2013 General Election, UMNO emerged as the dominant partner of the ruling coalition, BN while DAP emerged as the dominant partner in the opposition coalition, Pakatan Rakyat.

He said with the closing down of Pakatan Rakyat and the creation of Pakatan Harapan, and also with PAS no longer a member of the opposition coalition, DAP practically monopolised the opposition.

“In 2013, UMNO won 88 parliamentary seats while DAP won 38 seats, making DAP the second largest political party in Malaysia.

“DAP also claims it garnered 85-90 per cent of the Chinese votes, which no other political party can boast about. That makes DAP dominant on two counts,” he added.

Today, Najib said the 14th General Election was a choice of whether to elect an UMNO-led government or a DAP-led government.

In Najib’s policy speech in conjunction with the UMNO General Assembly 2016, the UMNO president said Malaysians, especially Malays and the Bumiputeras, were at a most critical crossroads in the history of politics in the country.