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BN really need to explain 1MDB, rising cost of living, housing issues to voters: Borneo Post

Borneo Post on Friday said a political analyst believes that the 1MDB issue, high cost of living and housing problem would remain the main hurdles for Barisan Nasional (BN) in the 14th general election (GE14).

It quoted Datuk Peter Minos who pointed out that these three ‘nagging’ issues would require BN to ‘really explain and convince the voters’ in the election campaign that he said would be called for March this year.

The GE14 should be held by March indeed, as the current ‘feel good’ factor in the economy will not last long.

Currently, several factors are favouring the government, such as improvement in nation’s economy as seen by growth in GDP.

“The nation’s economy is showing some signs of positive improvements as seen by the growth in GDP, exports and also the national reserves – the ringgit is also up, at RM4 and below per US dollar,” said Minos, who is Kota Samarahan Municipal Council (MPKS) chairman.

He also opined that the present disarray within the opposition would also help BN.

According to him, the opposition is not in the best position, being undecided on many issues and unable to reign in fellow opposition party, PAS, for them to unite and fight together against BN.

He also said GE14 would be the ‘Mother of all Malaysian elections’ – perhaps due to the return of a veteran politician who is leading the opposition pact.

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