MUADZAM SHAH: Pressing issues to be raised in the Rompin by-election will be answered by the Government.
In saying this, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said Barisan Nasional would provide “convincing” answers to appease voters.
PAS has stated that it will bring up issues related to Goods and Services Tax and Felda Global Ventures Holding shares.
Muhyiddin Yassin assured that both issues would be addressed by them.
“It is our responsibility to explain to the people and we are already prepared. We will do it during our campaigning rounds,” he told a press conference after announcing the Barisan candidate here recently.
Rompin Umno division deputy chief Datuk Hasan Arifin will contest the parliamentary seat, which is traditionally a Barisan stronghold.
Hasan, 62, is now the acting division chief and a former assemblyman and deputy mentri besar.
He will face Pahang PAS Youth chief Nazri Ahmad.
Nazri, 40, is a graduate of Syariah studies and an upcoming youth leader with strong support from the ulama camp.
Both of them were humble, down to earth and affable.
Muhyiddin said Hasan was the best candidate due to his vast experiences with grassroots support.
He said so far, he was satisfied with the preparations and the party’s machinery.
“They must be co-ordination with other component parties and all must work hard to get every single vote.
“I have set a very high KPI target for each voting centre.
“They must be on the ground and convince the voters to come out as they are the deciders,” he said.
Muhyiddin said he was worried that the voters, thinking it was an easy victory, would stay away.
This, he said, would affect the margin of win for Barisan.
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.
Polling has been fixed on May 5.
In the last general election, Barisan won the seat with a thumping 15,114-vote majority.
Earlier in his speech, Muhyiddin said Barisan as a coalition would look after and help all races.
He said since the early days until today, Barisan’s principles and struggles were “to be fair to all.”
“All races who are poor, including orang asli, will be given aid.
“We give out BR1M (Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia) although some people disagreed,” he said.
Muhyiddin said the voters were the “king” as they were the ones who decide the winner in an election.
He also touched on former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who said “Malays are a forgetful lot.”
“I always remind myself all of us got a role to play.
“We must make sure the message of the leaders reach the grassroots,” he said.
Muhyiddin said the political situation was changing with more challenges such as terrorism, pluralism and extremism.
He said these were real problems which needed to be addressed with “new wisdom.”
“We must use smart and intelligent approaches to ensure our future generations remain in peace and harmony with one another,” he said.