Gerakan chief optimistic of BN’s chances in Permatang Pauh

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 19 ― Barisan Nasional (BN) stands a chance of a good outing in the Permatang Pauh parliamentary by-election if it is held, according to Gerakan president Datuk Mah Siew Keong.  

He said this was based on BN’s performance there in the last two general elections which showed the party was able to garner support from voters.  

“When comparing the 2008 general election result with that of the 2013 result, there was a reduction in PKR’s vote majority.  

“This indicates a trend of a bigger acceptance of BN, and we are sure of a better performance in the coming by-election,” he told reporters at the Gerakan Chinese New Year “do” at Menara PGRM here today. 

In the 2008 General Election, PKR won the seat with a 13,398-vote majority while in 2013, the margin was reduced to 11,721 votes.

Mah said although PKR might gain some sympathetic votes in Permatang Pauh, Gerakan was nonetheless, optimistic that BN would mount a strong challenge for the constituency. 

PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s five-year jail sentence for sodomy may result in his disqualification as Permatang Pauh member of parliament, and a possible by-election. 

Mah said Gerakan had started to move its machinery, including to gather feedback from voters in Permatang Pauh.  

“We’ll go all out after Chinese New Year... in fact, we’ve been getting a lot of reports from the Gerakan machinery in Penang, indicating that there are many local issues that need to be addressed. With this, I hope voters will give BN a chance, this time,” he added.  

On the Chempaka state by-election in Kelantan, he said BN should focus on post-flood efforts in the state, instead of contesting in the by-election which had been called following the death of the incumbent, PAS spiritual leader Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat.  

The Election Commission has set March 22 for polling. Nomination is on March 10, while early voting is on March 18.






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