BARISAN Nasional has a high chance of wresting the Wangsa Maju parliamentary seat from PKR based on survey of voters’ sentiment conducted in the area, said Wangsa Maju Umno chief Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Shafei Abdullah.
He is confident the coalition will get 70% grassroots support, especially from Indian and Malay voters.
“Chances of winning is very strong and our poll showed that support from the Chinese voters has also increased from the last elections.
“We have community engagement programmes such as gotong-royong with the Chinese community at Setapak Indah Jaya and Idaman Suria apartments.
“This time we have a different approach. We focus on servicing the community regardless of race and we do not have large-scale programmes.
“Unlike the Opposition candidates who only condemn the Government in their ceramah, we come up with solutions to problems in the constituency,” he said during the launch of My Wangsa Maju Carnival at the Wangsa Maju Foundation Complex in Jalan Taman Ibu Kota.
The event was organised by Nadi Rakyat Malaysia, an NGO for the Indian community.
Dr Mohd Shafei said this was the first time he witnessed an NGO openly declaring support for Barisan.
“There are currently about 7,400 Indian voters in this constituency and 2,000 of them are members of Nadi Rakyat Malaysia.
“The Barisan machinery started work two years ago and our manifesto this year is one of the best.
“Some of the highlights include all the states getting equal allocation for development, the increase of 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M) and the target to provide three million more jobs for the people,” he added.
Also present during the launch were Nadi Rakyat Malaysia president Alagan Narianan and advisor Datuk Anbumani Balu.
During the event, the organisers also launched the new Nadi Rakyat Malaysia website -- nadirakyatmalaysia.org -- at providing more career opportunities among other community services.
Lincoln University College and Vis Mechatronic College will offer 10 scholarships.
Those attending the event were treated to dinner and an entertainment show.