Revving up for showdown

(BRIEF CAPTION) Indipendent candidate Azman Shah from Parti Rakyat Malaysia (PRM) meeting voters during his campaign for P044 Permatang Pauh by-election at Bandar Perdai in Bukit Mertajam,Penang . Star pic by: ZHAFARAN NASIB/The Star/ 6 May 2015.

THE four candidates contesting in the Permatang Pauh by-election made one last push in their bid to win over voters.

Barisan Nasional’s Suhaimi Sabudin showed no sign of slowing down as he hit the streets as early as 9am.

He showed up at a free medical check-up programme at SMK Guar Perahu Indah before moving on to celebrate Nurses Day at the Seberang Jaya Hospital.

He gave out 50 cakes to nurses and had pictures taken with them. Also present was Deputy Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya.

“If I win, I’ll fulfil all my promises as listed in the manifesto and plan out my duties immediately,” he said yesterday.

Later, he also launched a complaint box (peti aduan) set up by a non-governmental organisation Nambikkai in Seberang Jaya.

Suhaimi, 43, said the people of Permatang Pauh would be his priority.

“They can always come to me for help,” he said. At the same event, Nambikkai president B. Kalai Vanar said six boxes were placed at different places within the constituency.

“The people here, regardless of race and cultural background, can submit their complaints to us.

“We will collect the complaints and channel them to the respective departments of the Federal Government. The complaints can be about anything, from education to health, social problems or others,” Kalai Vanar said.

PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, having won the seat in 1999, 2004 and 2008, said she preferred to campaign at public places on the last day of her campaign.

“I can share my aspiration with more people by campaigning at public places like markets,” she said at Pakatan Rakyat’s press conference in Yayasan Aman in Penanti yesterday.

The party’s strategy director Sim Tze Tzin, who is also Bayan Baru MP, said PKR’s campaign trail would culminate with a ceramah perdana at the Seberang Jaya Expo Site, a night before the polling day today.

Independent candidate Salleh Isahak, 53, said he had gone all out for his last push in the by-election.

He was spotted at a food court in Jalan Tenggiri, Seberang Jaya, mingling with the crowd.

“I’m aware that Permatang Pauh is a hot seat, but it’s my sincere intention to serve the people.

“The voters also have more choices now based on the political scenario.

“If I win this parliamentary seat, it will indirectly add a voice in the Parliament to support the implementation of hudud in Malaysia.

Personal touch: Independent candidate Salleh Isahak handing a flyer to a hawker during his campaign at Taman Tenggiri in Seberang Jaya
Personal touch: Independent candidate Salleh Isahak handing a flyer to a hawker during his campaign at Taman Tenggiri in Seberang Jaya.

“I do not have the power to enforce the implementation of hudud, but with my friends in the Parliament, we can fight together towards implementing it,” he told reporters.

Parti Rakyat Malaysia (PRM) candidate Azman Shah Othman, 50, said he preferred house-to-house campaigning in Penanti, Sama Gagah and Kubang Semang.

“Based on my walkabout, the response is overwhelming.

“The constituents were also happy to see me personally.

“If I win, I will make sure the basic infrastructure is in place and I will help eradicate social problems here.

“I was told foul smell in drains has not been solved and many illegal racers still come out to race at night,” he said.

A total of 71,890 registered voters are eligible to vote in the by-election today.

The by-election is held following the imprisonment of incumbent Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim who was sentenced to a five-year jail term for sodomy.

The Election Commission had earlier reported that they were expecting 80% voter turnout and results to be out at 9pm.

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