REPORTS indicated that support for the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition in Pelangai remains unsatisfactory, warned BN’s elections director Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail.
“As the elections director, I get a lot of reports, and the latest one is still not in our favour. Politics is very fluid.
“If we make a mistake or slack off, the support will swing the other way,” the Pahang Menteri Besar told the BN machinery at the campaign trail in Kampung Jawi Jawi, Bentong.
Wan Rosdy emphasised the fluid nature of politics and the need for increased efforts to sway support in their favour before the Oct 7 by-election.
Also present at the event were Bentong MP Young Syefura Othman and BN candidate Amizar Abu Adam.
The Pelangai state seat is up for grabs following the tragic death of incumbent Johari Harun in a plane crash in Elmina, Selangor. Johari secured the seat with a 4,048-vote margin in the previous general election, triumphing over candidates from Perikatan Nasional (PN), Pakatan Harapan (PH) and Pejuang.
In the upcoming by-election, BN’s candidate Amizar Abu Adam will face off against PN’s Kasim Samat and independent candidate Haslihelmy DM Zulhasli.
Wan Rosdy, also an UMNO vice president, expressed hope for an expanded victory especially with BN collaborating with PH.
“I’m very confident that more than 4,000 non-Malays will vote for us (BN). But the question should be whether they come out to vote on polling day. Some of them (voters) may be residing outside Pelangai as well.
“So, what can we do? We have to go and seek the voters and try to find a way to bring them out (to vote),” he said, adding that he would personally work on bringing out voters on polling day. – Sept 29, 2023
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