KUALA LUMPUR, June 27 — The going may seem tough but it is not impossible for the Barisan Nasional (BN) to win the Manek Urai state by-election, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said today.
The BN chairman said the coalition was aware of PAS’ 1,352-vote majority in the general election last year but it did not mean that a victory for PAS was a foregone conclusion.
“There is hope for a victory,” he told reporters on the BN’s chances in the by-election on July 14. Earlier, the prime minister opened the Malaysian missionary schools’ conference at the St John Institution here today.
When asked on PAS’ aggressive campaign in the by-election, Najib said the BN would not dance to PAS’ tunes and would instead stick to its own way of campaigning. What was important, he said, was to convey the message to the voters.
“We will show our sincerity to help the people and will field a candidate who is able to serve them,” he said.
The seat fell vacant following the death of incumbent assemblyman Ismail Yaakob of PAS on May 22.
The nomination day is on July 6. Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin will announce BN’s candidate tomorrow.
PAS has announced that it is fielding Mohd Fauzi Abdullah. — Bernama
BN still cling to hopes of victory in Manek Urai