KUANTAN (Bernama) – Pakatan Harapan (PH) will not underestimate the strength of Barisan Nasional (BN) in Cameron Highlands in view of the upcoming parliamentary by-election, PH Secretariat Chief Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said.
He said this was because the Cameron Highlands by-election scheduled for January 26 was the first to be held in a constituency won by BN in the 14th General Election (GE14).
“This is also the first by-election to be held in a BN-led state. The last four by-elections were in Selangor and Negeri Sembilan which were under PH-led government. So, this time around, we anticipate a very interesting by-election,” he said after flagging off 2,050 participants of Ultron Kuantan New Year Run and Ride 2019 co-organised by Adham Bike Centre yesterday.
Saifuddin, who is also Malaysian Foreign Minister, said apart from giving attention to Orang Asli voters, PH would also give focus on the fence-sitters as they seemed to be playing a pivotal role in determining the outcome of the by-election.
“Our concern for the Cameron Highlands by-election is the voter turnout as it was quite low at previous by-elections, but the election machineries of all PH component parties have agreed to work full time to ensure victory to PH candidate,” he said.
The by-election is being called after the Election Court on October 30 declared the election of Datuk C Sivarraajh of BN in GE14 null and void because of corrupt practices to influence voters. Sivarraajh did not appeal the court decision.