BN to do well in by-election

We can do it: Hishammuddin (centre) having a serious discussion with Rompin division leaders at the Umno building.

MUADZAM SHAH: There is no reason for Barisan Nasional to get a lower margin of victory if the leaders at all levels work together as a team in the coming Rompin parliamentary by-election.

Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said it was his responsibility to ensure Rompin voters come out in droves to cast their votes.

Hishammuddin said a higher majority could be achieved as Rompin was a Barisan stronghold and saw an increase in votes during every general elections.

“Every vote is important and we must let Rompin and Pahang Umno to feel and see our strong presence.

“We will work hard and be on the ground to get all targeted groups to come out and continue supporting us,” he said after attending a closed-door meeting with division grassroots leaders in the Rompin Umno building here.

Hishammuddin, who is the campaign director, said Barisan will also use the by-election as a platform to address key issues affecting the locals.

He said all leaders, including those from component parties wwill be on the ground to be closer to the people.

“We will do our best to meet the needs and aspirations of the people.

“Let’s not care what others (the Opposition) have to say but keep our house in order,” he said.

In the last general election, Barisan won the seat with a thumping 15,114-vote majority.

The seat fell vacant after incumbent Tan Sri Dr Jamaluddin Jarjis was killed in a helicopter crash along with five other people on April 4 near Semenyih.

Nomination for the by-election has been set for April 22 and polling on May 5.

In a separate matter, Hishammuddin, who is the Defence Minister, said the spirit of Asean solidarity saw countries in the region working together to help evacuate students trapped in Yemen.

He said many countries and allies were ready to extend a helping hand in trouble times.

Up to now, 382 students have returned home from Yemen using commercial flights.

Several others have also came back on their own due to worsening internal conflict in that country.

The Government has also urged the remaining 131 students who decided to stay put in Yemen to re-consider their decision.

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