TUMPAT – Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate Mat Razi Mat Ail is not afraid to compete in a three-corner fight to ensure that BN retains the Pengkalan Kubor state seat at the by-election scheduled for Sept 25.
He said the number of contestants was not a factor for him as during the last general election, BN’s candidate had also won the seat in a three-corner fight.
Mat Razi said his campaign approach would be meeting the people face-to-face to learn about their needs and problems that required solutions.
“This face-to-face approach is important as it will contribute to BN’s victory and I pray that we will have that victory,” he told reporters after submitting his nomination paper at Tumpat Land and District Office here Saturday.
Mat Razi, 48, a former Tumpat District Education Assistant Officer, said he also hoped to be able to continue the struggles of the former assemblyman, the late Datuk Noor Zahidi Omar, in creating success stories for BN and the state constituency.
Meanwhile, PAS candidate Wan Rosdi Wan Ibrahim, 56, admitted that being the one without qualifications of higher education would be a disadvantage for him, but he still believed that it was not an vital factor for anyone to win the by-election.
Wan Rosdi, who is Tumpat PAS secretary, said his focus was not to disappoint the party for the trust they placed in him.
“Nevertheless, I’m grateful to be chosen as PAS candidate to win back the Pengkalan Kubor state seat,” he said.
For Independent candidate who uses the pen symbol, Izat Bukhary Ismail Bukhary, 47, the reason he contested in the by-election was to make his contribution for the people in the constituency.
He said although he lost in the contest for the same seat during last year’s general election, he was still determined to prove to the people that he was serious in his attempts to fight for their wellbeing.
“I return to make my contribution. Insya Allah (God willing), I’m confident that I can get more votes this time around compared to only 65 votes in the last general election,” he said.
The candidate, who graduated with a degree in interior design from the Manchester Polytechnic in United Kingdom, is now residing in Kubang Kerian, Kota Baharu.
The by-election is being called following the death of incumbent, Noor Zahidi Omar of BN on Aug 20.
In the last general election, Nor Zahidi won the seat with a 1,736-vote majority. – BERNAMA