JOHOR BARU: The recent Merdeka Centre poll, showing that support for the ruling coalition has eroded to only 38% will not be a major obstacle for Pakatan Harapan, says Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Dr Sahruddin Jamal.
The Bukit Kepong assemblyman said that Tanjung Piai voters would prove the survey wrong, adding that Pakatan should not be distracted by the result and must work hard in getting the support from voters there.
"The Johor government has carried out all that it has promised in its manifesto," he said when met after conducting a working visit to Sportscity on Tuesday (Oct 8).
He added that the state's Pakatan government has a very good relationship with the communities in the constituency.
Dr Sahruddin was asked to comment on a report by an online news portal quoting sources saying that Pakatan lawmakers were shocked to find out that the ruling coalition’s popular support has fallen to 38% as of August.
According to the report, a presentation slide with survey results conducted by the independent pollster Merdeka Centre was presented at a two-day retreat involving Pakatan backbenchers in Shah Alam on Sunday (Oct 6).
This is the lowest popularity rate ever recorded since Pakatan took over the government in May 2018.
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.
Dr 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 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.