PPBM has expressed its full support for the Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate in the Chini by-election (GUN) by-election this Saturday.
Prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin said the Barisan Nasional’s victory in the Chini by-election will likely serve as a signal to all Malaysians on the ability of the Perikatan Nasional as a coalition to work together in pushing the people’s and national agenda.
Muhyiddin said the Chini by-election was the first by-election for PPBM with its cooperation with Perikatan Nasional. He said the Barisan Nasional’s candidate Mohd Sharim Md Zain, 41 had his full support.
“As the PPBM President and Prime Minister of Malaysia, I fully support the Barisan Nasional-nominated candidate to contest the Chini by-election, Mohd Shahrim Md Zain.
“Thus, in order to secure the first victory of the Perikatan Nasional, the whole of Pekan’s machinery is mobilized to campaign in favor of these coalition candidates.”
Muhyiddin said the alliance and maturity of the Perikatan Nasional’s component parties to campaign and share the same political stage in the Chini by-election was a historic step towards forming a coalition to form a strong political coalition.
“I am calling on the 20,990 registered voters in the Chini constituency to come out in the open and provide solid support to the Barisan Nasional candidates on July 4 next.
“Your choice will not only determine Chini’s future development and future but will open a new chapter to the political direction at the national level,” he said.
Other than Mohd Shahrim, two independent candidates Tengku Datuk Zainul Hisham Tengku Hussin, 64, and Mohd Shukri Mohd Ramli, 49 also contested at the Chini by-election.
The electoral roll for the Dun Chini by-election consists of 20,990 voters consisting of 20,972 ordinary voters and 18 early voters.
Voters consisted of 10,269 men and 10,721 women. Chini, one of four state assemblies under the Pekan parliament, will see the first by-election after the Movement Control (CPP) came into effect on March 18.
The Chini by-election was held following the death of incumbent Abu Bakar Harun, 60, due to heart attack at a Kuala Lumpur Hospital. Abu Bakar, who represented Barisan Nasional, received 10,027 votes, winning by 4,622 votes against PAS candidate Mohd Fadhil Noor Abdul Karim (5,405 votes) and PKR candidate Mohamad Razali Ithnain (1,065 votes).
Meanwhile, Kuantan MP Fuziah Salleh said Pakatan Harapan will never allow Barisan Nasional’s candidate in Chini by-election to win freely, saying that PKR will be placing its candidate too.
He said Pakatan Harapan would be deciding soon.
“Barisan Nasional and Perikatan Nasional will not have easy access to Chini and we will make sure that they will not get a free pass to win as PKR Pahang is listing several names to the top leadership.
“PKR Pahang has also sent a report to the top leadership and it is up to them to make a decision,” she was quoted as saying.
Previously, Pakatan Harapan said that it would not be contesting due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
She said Pakatan Harapan had agreed to give PKR a chance to secure a suitable candidate if it decides to contest and challenge the Perikatan Nasional’s candidate.
Meanwhile, Fuziah called on the Election Commission (EC) to submit a clear standard operating procedure (SOP) following the referendum when the Covib-19 outbreak was still contagious.
1st July 2020 12:01
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