SEMENYIH: Barisan Nasional believes that the Semenyih by-election can be a testing ground to measure how far Malaysians will go to voice out their dissatisfaction towards the Pakatan Harapan government, says Umno Youth chief Datuk Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki.
He said should Barisan win in Semenyih, it should be taken as a sign that the people are losing hope in the Pakatan government.
“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 during a coordination meeting between Umno and PAS on the Semenyih by-election here yesterday.
Asyraf Wajdi said the people were still facing a high cost of living and fluctuating oil prices, which Pakatan had promised to bring down in its manifesto in GE14 last year.
“They could not even abolish the toll, which is a big issue for people in Semenyih.
“This is the right moment for people here to tell Pakatan that it has to fulfil its promise to abolish the toll,” he added.
Asyraf Wajdi, who chaired the meeting with PAS Youth chief Muhammad Khalil Abdul Hadi, is hoping that the successful Umno-PAS collaboration in Cameron Highlands by-election last month can be repeated in Semenyih.
He agreed that Semenyih’s socio-economic landscape is different from that in Cameron Highlands.
“You have academicians, the upper and middle classes as well as those who live in the villages here,” he said.
“We will, of course, use a different strategy but it wouldn't be much of a strategy if we tell you.”
Asked about his concerns that the by-election could be called off, he said Umno and PAS are ready for any eventuality.
A registered voter filed an injunction to halt the Semenyih by-election on Friday, challenging the validity of the Election Commission, saying that it is now run by only the chairman Azhar Azizan Harun.
The decision on whether the by-election will proceed is expected to be known today.
The Semenyih by-election was called following the death of its assemblyman, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia’s Bakhtiar Mohd Nor, and could see another multiple-cornered contest.
In addition to Pakatan, Barisan and PSM, Gerakan is thinking of contesting the seat.
Social activist Kuan Chee Heng, who is known for his charity work will also stand as an independent candidate.