PORT DICKSON: Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has come down to throw his support behind Pakatan Harapan candidate Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
He said that it was his first speech in public after recuperating and recovering from his health problems.
"I am here to support our candidate who is contesting in the by-election," he said in his speech at Masjid Bagan Pinang here late Thursday night.
Muhyiddin was accompanied by Economic Affairs Minister and PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali as well as Tan Sri Dr Rais Yatim, the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) chief for the Negeri Sembilan.
Muhyiddin was on medical leave and recuperating for one month after a growth was removed from his pancreas in Singapore in July.
The Home Minister reported back to work in August, however Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad hinted on Muhyiddin saying he may or may not need chemotherapy.
Muhyiddin had been undergoing treatment in Singapore for a month after an operation on July 12 to remove a growth in his pancreas.
Muhyiddin said he would have to undergo 12 chemotherapy sessions in six months in Singapore and Malaysia as part of his follow-up treatment.
The PPBM president said it was important for him to come and show his support as a sign of unity between Pakatan Harapan leadership.
"Finally I get a chance to come down here and campaign and most importantly voters will make the right decision and support our candidate," he said, adding that he regretted that he could not join Dr Mahathir when he campaigned for Anwar on Monday.
Muhyiddin said that Pakatan leaders had been working hard to address the issues which it inherited from the previous Barisan Nasional government.
"This can be our platform to explain to the rakyat on our main policies and although it has only about five months, we will try to fulfill all of our pledges in the Pakatan manifesto," he said.
The by-election is perceived as a litmus test for Anwar who is engaged in a seven-way fight with Former Negeri Sembilan Menteri Besar Tan Sri Samad, among others.