It’s All Systems Go To Retain Tenang – Ghani
LABIS, Dec 27 – It will be all systems go to retain the Tenang state seat with an increased majority, Johor Barisan Nasional Chairman Datuk Abdul Ghani Osman said today.
“Every strength of the Johor Barisan Nasional and Umno will go into the campaign for the by election,” he told reporters here after visiting the family of the late assemblyman Datuk Sulaiman Taha at Labis Park.
The Mentri Besar said that all BN elected representatives for both parliamentary and state constituencies will be directed to help in the campaign.
Ghani, who is BN director for the by-election, said:”We are confident of retaining Tenang.”
The by-election follows the death of Sulaiman on Dec 17 at age 59 of diabetes-related complications, including blood infection. Nomination day is Dec 22 while polling is set for Dec 30.
Tenang has more than 14,700 voters. In the 2008 general election, Sulaiman beat PAS candidate Mohd Saim Siram by a majority of 2,491 votes.
Ghani said that BN will give close attention to all 12 districts in the Tenang state constituency, regardless of how the residents had voted in the last election.
On the BN candidate for the by-election, he said the Labis division had submitted several names to Johor Umno to be forwarded to the party president, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
“The choice of BN candidate is up to the party president. We will abide by whatever decision he makes,” he said, and added that the name of the person chosen will be announced a few days before nomination.
In Kuala Lumpur, BN secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor expressed confidence that voters in Tenanag will continue to put their trust in the ruling coalition.
In fact, he told reporters, BN believes that more residents will vote for the coalition in the by-election than in the last polls.
Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar meanwhile said that BN should expect dirty tactics from the opposition.
He told reporters in Seremban that the opposition will try to use the make-up of the constituency, with more than 50 per cent non-Malays, to arouse racial animosity.
Negeri Sembilan MIC chief Datuk V.S. Mogan said that Indians in Tenang must be wary of opposition politicians trying to agitate them by misrepresenting the issues.