BUKIT MERTAJAM – UMNO deputy president Tan Sri Muhyidddin Yassin said the challenges Barisan Nasional (BN) have to face in the Permatang Pauh by-election will be as difficult as climbing a mountain.
However, he said victory was not impossible for BN candidate Suhaimi Sabudin as BN is moving as a united team.
“I know it is no easy job…we are the underdog, as the people said and as the underdog we know our task is like surmounting a mountain.
“But I am confident because BN is working together as a team, no split in UMNO division or from any movement nor were there disagreement over the candidate. We know we can operate team,” he told reporters after the nomination of candidates at the National Youth Skills Institute (IKBN), here Saturday.
In the by-election on May 7, BN candidate Suhaimi will face PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, Salleh Ishak (Independent) and Azman Shah Othman of Parti Rakyat Malaysia.
Muhyiddin said the party machinery this time was very committed to the success of BN’s candidate and the unity of the entire BN team this time was far better than previous attempts.
“In the past, we have too many problems, there were cracks among us but this time we are solid, intact,” he said.
Muhyiddin said BN has set a certain target for each voting district in the constituency.
“If we work hard, nothing is impossible,” he said.
He said BN was confident its candidate was capable of shouldering the responsibility and trust of the people if given a chance to represent the PKR stronghold and to bring changes and development to Permatang Pauh.
Muhyiddin said he believed Suhaimi, who is a local, would be able to handle the problems and assist residents here.
“I would be suspicious if other candidates were selected as they will have no time to give justice to the local residents…but Suhaimi will be here and he will meet voters every day as he has no other constituency to serve,” Muhyiddin said.
Asked on his comparison with Rompin, he said Rompin was far more advanced with the development brought by BN all this while compared to Permatang Pauh which has been left far behind with various local issues.
“The previous representative did not give the people the due attention, as he is seen as a top leader but his responsibilities and duties were not carried out…this is the feedback we received,” he said.
The Permatang Pauh by-election was called when its incumbent Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim lost his eligibility as an MP after the Pardons Board rejected his pardon appeal which was applied by his family members.
The Election Commission sets May 3 as early voting day and May 7 as polling day. – BERNAMA