SEMENYIH: Umno Youth believes that the Semenyih by-election will be a "referendum" over the performance of the Pakatan Harapan government.
Its chief Datuk Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki (pic) said a Barisan Nasional win would be a sign that the people are losing hope in Pakatan.
"It will be a people's referendum against a 'torturous' nine months under a new government where the people did not get what they were promised," he said.
Asyraf, who was at a coordination meeting between Umno and PAS, said the people still had to deal with the high cost of living and fluctuating oil prices, which Pakatan had promised to bring down in its GE14manifesto.
"They could not even abolish the tolls, which is a big issue for people in Semenyih because they have to go through them every day," he said.
Asyraf, who chaired the meeting with PAS Youth chief Muhammad Khalil Abdul Hadi on Sunday (Feb 10), hoped to repeat their successful collaboration which they had with the Islamist party in the Cameron Highlands by-election last month.
He agreed that Semenyih's landscape is different from Cameron Highlands as the people come from different economic backgrounds.
"You have academicians, the upper and middle classes as well as those who live in the kampung (villages). We will of course use a different strategy but it wouldn't be much of a strategy if we told you," he said.
The Semenyih by-election was called following the death of its assemblyman, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia's Bakhtiar Mohd Nor.
In addition to Pakatan, Barisan, and PSM, Gerakan is also considering throwing its hat into the ring.
Social activist Kuan Chee Heng, who is known for his charity work, will also stand as an independent candidate.
The late Bakhtiar won the contest with 23,428 votes and an 8,964 majority.