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Published: Friday March 28, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Friday March 28, 2014 MYT 2:32:02 PM

Muhyiddin: Higher turnout on polling day should bode well for coalition

MUKAH: Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is confident of Barisan Nasional securing a larger majority in this by-election — as long as the turnout is high.

He noted that the semi-rural constituency comprised mostly Barisan supporters, as far as past voting trends went.

“So for us, the larger the turnout, the better it will be. Voters here are our supporters. That is historically true,” Muhyiddin told a press conference after launching a homestay programme at Kampung Seberang near here.

In the 2011 state elections, constituents gave former Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud a majority of 5,154 votes in a three-cornered fight.

Back then, Balingian had 11,792 registered voters against the current 13,366.

Muhyiddin believed the campaign for Barisan had started off well, having gained momentum since then.

“Nonetheless, I have instructed our people not to be over-confident. Go out and vote. In the last 24 hours, we hope to further increase our support.”

Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister, made two campaign stops in Balingian yesterday.

In the morning, he visited members of the Mukah-Oya Fishermen Association, where he pledged the Barisan-led Government would continue diesel subsidies for the industry.

He also announced the approval of a new ice machine and pick-up truck for the association.

In the afternoon, he launched a homestay programme together with Tourism Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg.

Both Barisan leaders spoke on differences between the Kajang and Balingian by-elections.

Muhyiddin said Pakatan Rakyat received fewer votes during the Kajang by-election compared to last year’s 13th General Election.

“The Kajang move was a failure (for PKR),” Muhyiddin noted.

Johari, on the other hand, said the Kajang polls were motivated by a “power tussle”, whereas Balingian was the result of a “smooth power transition”.

Today is the last day of campaigning, with polling tomorrow.

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