By-election is Umno’s ‘dry run’ for GE15

  • Metro News
  • Monday, 07 Oct 2019

(from left) Hasni handing over a portrait of the Umno president to Ahmad Zahid while Umno deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan looks on during the Johor Umno convention.

JOHOR BARU: The Tanjung Piai by-election is a test run for Umno in preparing for the 15th general election (GE15), said the state party chairman Datuk Hasni Mohammad.

He pointed out that in the unpredictable national political context, GE15 could happen any time.

As such, the Tanjung Piai by-election would be a “practice run” for Johor Barisan Nasional to prepare to win back the state in the next election.

“To win back Johor is not easy because the political conditions here are different where if there are any issues, it requires a different formula from other states.

“However, we are gifted with wise leaders who have successfully invited Umno and the BN component parties to hold onto the consensus principle of sharing of power, ” he added.

Hasni, who is also the state Barisan chief and Benut assemblyman, said this in his speech during Johor Umno convention held at a hotel here.

Also present at the event were Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong, Johor MIC chairman R. Vidyanathan and state PAS deputy commissioner Khairul Faizi Ahmad Kamil.

Hasni said through the principle of sharing of power, MIC and MCA candidates have contested in Malay majority areas where the Malays supported them.

Calling it the ‘Johor Model’ he said this spirit of consensus was used in identifying candidates, seat distribution and forming an election narrative.

“The Johor Model should be expanded and practised by BN in all states where it would bring new energy to our politics.

“Our old political approach may not be practical nowadays and maybe, the Tanjung Piai by-election will be the start for this new model of cooperation, ” he said.

Meanwhile, at the end of its convention, Umno Johor launched its Tanjung Piai declaration, stating that the seat was a “must-win” for BN and an important test for them following the Umno-PAS pact.

The declaration showed that Umno Johor would support any BN candidate wholeheartedly and move as a team under the spirit of consensus.

The declaration was read out by state Umno secretary Datuk Samsolbari Jamali who then handed it to Hasni.

The Tanjung Piai seat fell vacant after the death of its MP Datuk Dr Md Farid Md Rafik on Sept 21 from complications following a heart attack.

Farid, 42, who was also Tanjung Piai Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia division vice-chief, won the seat in the last general election after beating MCA’s Datuk Seri Wee Jeck Seng and PAS’ Nordin Othman with a majority of 524 votes.

The Election Commission has announced that the by-election will be held on Nov 16, while nomination day would fall on Nov 2 and early voting is on Nov 12.

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