PETALING JAYA: Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia's Pekan division will be mobilised to support Perikatan Nasional candidate Mohd Shahrim Md Zain in the Chini by-election, says its president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
Muhyiddin said the Chini by-election is the first election for Bersatu together with the Perikatan government.
"As the Bersatu president and Prime Minister of the country, I fully support the candidate that was decided by Barisan Nasional to stand in the Chini by-election, Mohd Shahrim Md Zain.
"To ensure the first victory of Perikatan, all the grassroots of Bersatu's Pekan division will be mobilised to campaign to support the candidate chosen by the coalition," he said in a statement on Tuesday (June 30).
Muhyiddin also said that the campaign will be further strengthened by the presence of Bersatu's top leaders from throughout the country.
"The understanding and the maturity of the Perikatan parties to campaign as well as to share the political stage openly in the Chini by-election is a historic step towards the formation of this alliance to become a strong and stable political coalition.
"As such, the victory of the Barisan candidate representing Perikatan in the Chini by-election will give a signal to all Malaysians about Perikatan's ability as a political coalition to work together to ensure that the people's welfare agenda and the country's progress will be successful," he said.
He also urged all the 20,900 registered voters in Chini to come out to vote and to give their support to the Barisan candidate on July 4.
"Your choice will not just decide development as well as Chini's future, but will also open a new chapter of the political direction at the national level," he said.
Mohd Shahrim is in a three-way fight with independent candidates Mohd Shukri Mohd Ramli and Tengku Datuk Zainul Hisham Tengku Hussin, who has received Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's endorsement.
Early voting for the Chini by-election started on Tuesday (June 30) and polling day falls on Saturday (July 4).
The state seat is one of four under the Pekan parliamentary constituency.
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