PONTIAN: While acknowledging that the Chinese are unhappy with the government, it may not necessarily translate to support for Barisan Nasional or Gerakan, says Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
The Johor Pakatan Harapan chairman said while the sentiment was not positive for the coalition, Chinese voters were not prepared to vote for the Opposition.
“The Chinese voters are unhappy due to unresolved problems such as cost of living and economy but these issues were also there during the previous administration.”
He was speaking during a press conference at the coalition’s main operations centre in Rambah here yesterday.
Muhyiddin, who is also Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia president, said: “it is not going to be easy but we will push hard and win this by-election to rebuild the country, ” in response to the admission of DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang that Pakatan was facing an uphill battle to defend Tanjung Piai.
Muhyiddin also defended the move to give out allocations to fishermen in Tanjung Piai, saying it was the right and responsibility of the government.
On Wednesday, Mentri Besar Datuk Dr Sahruddin Jamal announced a cash aid of RM1.5mil for some 1,513 fishermen, including 544 from Pontian and Tanjung Piai.
Dr Sahruddin said the payments would be made from next week.