Women’s vote key to Sibu win, says PBB rep

Malaysian Insider
SIBU, May 1 — Wooing the women voters is crucial for Barisan Nasional (BN) in retaining the Sibu parliamentary seat in the May 16 by-election, says Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) deputy women’s wing chief, Datin Fatimah Abdullah.
She said women voters made up slightly more than half of the 54,695 voters in the constituency.
“Today’s women will make their own decision. They no longer follow what the men say. They will evaluate what is happening and what is good for themselves and their children.
“That’s why women voters have a very important role in the Sibu by-election. As there are slightly more women voters than men here, we want the women to help convince the men to get solid support for BN to retain the seat,” she told reporters, here, today.
Earlier, Fatimah launched the ICT with K-Bestari Workshop and 1 Malaysia Local Content Competition organised by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) at the Methodist Pilley Institute.
Fatimah, who is also Minister in the Chief Minister’s Office, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s leadership would have a positive impact on the Sibu by-election.
She said Najib introduced many initiatives such as the 1 Malaysia concept, New Economic Model (NEM), Government Transformation Plan (GTP) and National Key Result Areas (NKRA) in promoting unity, bringing progress and moving the country to a higher level of development.
“The people can see the changes that have been brought by the prime minister within one year in office which benefit the people in many areas which are close to their hearts,” she said.
The by-election has been called following the death of deputy transport minister and five-term Sibu MP Datuk Robert Lau Hoi Chew from liver cancer on April 9.
Nomination day for the by-election is May 8 and polling on May 16.
Lawyer Robert Lau Hui Yew, 45, is the BN candidate to defend the seat while Sarawak DAP chairman and Bukit Assek assemblyman, Wong Ho Leng, 50, will be contesting against him. — Bernama