SEREMBAN - Barisan Nasional can win five additional state seats in Negri Sembilan and regain a two-thirds majority in the state assembly in the coming general election, provided there is no sabotage by those not picked to contest, its state chief said.
Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan said Barisan lost several seats in the 2008 and 2013 general elections due to sabotage and infighting.
“Barisan will certainly do better if we readily accept the decision of the top leadership on who should contest,” he said after chairing the weekly exco meeting.
Mohamad, who is also the Mentri Besar, said the Opposition was only strong in some urban areas, and it was not impossible for Barisan to win back some of the seats it lost previously.
Prior to 2008, Barisan had always enjoyed a two-thirds majority in the 36-seat state assembly.
However, it only won 21 seats in 2008, and 22 seats in 2013.
Mohamad said Barisan was also confident of winning the Teluk Kemang and Seremban parliamentary seats, which were lost to the Opposition in 2008.
On a separate matter, Mohamad said the exercise to merge the Seremban and Nilai municipalities would be completed in April, thus paving the way for Seremban to be declared a city in January next year.
He said his administration would also have to table an enactment in the state assembly before Seremban can be officially declared a city.
“We are looking at officially declaring Seremban a city next January in conjunction with the birthday of the state Ruler Tuanku Muhriz Almarhum Tuanku Munawir,” he added.