Tg Piai polls: Opposition campaigns pick up steam in Pekan Nenas


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 03 Nov 2019

BN supporters Tanjung Piai on nomination day.

PEKAN NENAS: Despite only being the second day of campaigning, opposition candidates did not spare a single moment as Barisan Nasional and Gerakan hopefuls turned up with entourages on Sunday (Nov 3) to reach out to voters in Pekan Nenas, a small town in the Tanjung Piai parliamentary constituency.

BN candidate Datuk Seri Dr Wee Jeck Seng, from MCA, sported a red polo tee as he kickstarted his campaign on Sunday as early as 7am in Pekan Nenas, where he was seen greeting voters along with an entourage at the morning market and several coffee shops.

MCA’s “war truck” was also present in front of the market, as several young party members gave speeches with enthusiasm while others handed out leaflets.

Wee, a former two-term Tanjung Piai MP, is attempting a comeback in Parliament after he was narrowly defeated by the late Datuk Dr Md Farid Md Rafik by a mere 524 votes in GE14.

Met by reporters at a coffee shop, Wee said his walkabout in Pekan Nenas was met positively by locals.

“I’m a local boy so everyone knows me. Hopefully, all the voters can support me (on polling day), ” he added.

Wee also appeared unfazed that Pekan Nenas was a DAP stronghold, saying “every party has their own supporters”.

Gerakan candidate Wendy Subramaniam was also present in Pekan Nenas along with an entourage of party members to greet locals here in a walkabout.

Speaking to reporters, Wendy said many voters were disgruntled at the present Pakatan Harapan administration due to unfulfilled promises.

“They are angry because they supported Pakatan and the promises weren’t fulfilled. But, some are supporting them, saying that it’s only their second year (in governing the country).

“There were also others who aren’t fond of Barisan Nasional. So, I hope they can give me a chance and vote for me, ” she said.

The 38-year-old lawyer by profession also said she aspires to influence women policies in Parliament if she is elected as an MP.

“Sometimes, men would not understand what women are going through. So, I will use my perspective as a working mother. I have no maid, I do everything myself. It isn’t easy.”

Wendy also conceded that the results in the upcoming by-election would not change the local political landscape, but urged the people to cast their vote, as a victory for Gerakan would create history.

“If we can win, the third force will be from Tanjung Piai and we can put Tanjung Piai on the map, ” she added.

The Tanjung Piai polls on Nov 16 will be a six-cornered fight between Pakatan Harapan’s Karmaine Sardini, Barisan’s Wee, Gerakan’s Wendy, Badhrulhisham Abdul Aziz from the Pan Malaysian Islamic Front (Berjasa), and two independent candidates - Faridah Aryani Abdul Ghaffar and Ng Chuan Lock.

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