Jan 23, 2008

Tun Mahathir : BN sure win

While PM Badawi has conceded that the ruling coalition is unlikely to score a repeat of its 2004 landslide victory in the next general elections. (Malaysiakini) Former PM declared BN will surely win in the coming general election.

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 22 (Bernama) -- "We will surely win," declared Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad of the Barisan Nasional's (BN) prospects in forming the next government after the upcoming general election.

The former prime minister said he has no doubts about the Barisan being returned to power in the 12th general election.

"But the percentage... I don't know. They haven't told me yet, but I think it will be a very substantial victory," he told reporters when asked whether the ruling 14-party coalition could repeat the landslide victory as in the last general election.

In the 2004 general election, the Barisan swept 199 of the 219 parliamentary seats.

Earlier, Dr Mahathir launched "The Loaf", a concept bakery and restaurant he co-owned with a Japanese partner, Jiro Suzuki, at The Pavillion here.

The Loaf at The Pavillion is Dr Mahathir's second outlet after his flagship store in Langkawi.

Asked to comment on the Israel-Palestine conflict, Dr Mahathir said he did not believe the recent visit by US President George W. Bush to Ramallah in the West Bank would yield anything good to the crisis-prone region.

"Bush's visit will not bring any good to the region. It will be good if the visit could put a stop to Israeli atrocities, but after his visit, there was no electricity supply.

"By cutting off power supply, they killed many innocent people and sick people who require life support," he added.

Gaza City plunged into darkness on Monday when officials from the ruling Hamas party shut down the territory's only power plant after Israel cut off fuel supplies.

It was reported that the power shutdown affected about a third of Gaza's 1.5 million residents, and hours after the blackout, five patients died when electricity to hospitals were cut off.

Bush ended his landmark trip to the Palestinian territory on Jan 10, with a prediction that a Middle East peace treaty would be signed by the time he left office in January next year.

He had expressed the hope that an independent Palestine state would be established.

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