Compiled by IZATUN SHARI, TAN SIN CHOW and A. RAMAN
TAMIL Nesan reported that Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has conceded that Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak would be more difficult to displace as Prime Minister as he had proven to be a more effective political leader than his predecessor.
Lim, who made the remarks in an interview with the Financial Times of London, said there was only a slim chance of the opposition gaining a majority in the Parliament.
Pakatan Rakyat currently has 83 seats in the 222-seat Dewan Rakyat. Lim said it needed to win 29 more seats to take power.
He said that Najib, since taking over as Prime Minister in April, had been reaching out to woo voters by being more encompassing in his policies towards all ethnic groups.
He has also spoken out against corruption, freed political prisoners and focused resources on winnable seats.
Najib, he said, had covered good grounds since taking office with a number of positive and impressive policies and actions.
They include liberalising the New Economic Policy, ensuring greater transparency, speeding up the award of government infrastructure projects and improving ties with Singapore to draw more foreign direct investment into Iskandar Malaysia.
Other News & Views is compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a sub-heading, it denotes a separate news item. - The Star