BESUT: The first day of the campaigning period for the Kuala Besut by-election saw both Barisan Nasional and PAS candidates on the race to reach out to as many voters as possible.
Barisan candidate Tengku Zaihan Che Ku Abd Rahman’s day started immediately after dawn, joining the people of Kampung Dengir near here for the morning prayers.
He later visited a couple, whose house in Kg Tok Kolok was burned down in May.
The couple – Ramli Jusoh and wife Norsarimah Awang – will be moving into a brand new house soon, courtesy of the Fire and Rescue Department that would help rebuild their home under its “My Beautiful Neighbourhood Programme”.
“This is what Barisan does for the people. I hope the people can see this and will realise that Barisan is the best choice,” said Tengku Zaihan.
His plan in the next 12 days of campaigning is to visit every nook and corner of the Kuala Besut constituency to understand the people’s needs.
On his rounds, Tengku Zaihan said he would be stressing on the need for the people to maintain stability in the state, which only Barisan could guarantee.
Meanwhile, Endut@Azlan Yusof, who is campaigning for change, visited several areas here, greeting voters at wet markets and Ramadan bazaars and attending a ceramah.
As early as 8.30am, the PAS candidate was already on the campaign trail, saying that he was confident of meeting almost all the people in his constituency before polling day.
“For me, it is important that I meet the people so that they will understand what we plan to do for them. A win in this by-election is not for me but it is for the party,” he said.
Azlan – popularly known among the locals as Che Long – is very aware of the heavy burden that he is carrying in trying to win Kuala Besut, which could force an equal number seats between Barisan and Pakatan Rakyat in the state legislative assembly.
“This is my first by-election but I never thought that it would be this important. I will do my best not to fail the party,” he said.
Azlan also credited his family for their unfailing support despite him spending so much time away since he was picked by the party to stand in the by-election.
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