SEMENYIH – February 13, 2019: An Umno vice-president is of the view that a Barisan Nasional win in the by-election here on March 2 will further prove the people’s dissatisfaction with the Pakatan Harapan government.
The Semenyih state seat has 53,257 voters from three segments of the population – from urban, sub-urban to rural people in which the former two are perceived to be generally not supportive of BN.
“In Cameron Highlands, we were the incumbent. If we win here it shows that not just the rural folks but the urban and semi-urban voters too reject Pakatan,” declared Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob today at the BN operations centre.
BN last month won the Cameron Highlands parliamentary by-election to retain the seat won in May’s general elections.
Ismail Sabri puts BN’s chance of winning Semenyih at 50-50, despite Pakatan’s huge majority of 8,964 last year.
“PAS is backing us this time but based on the combined votes in the past, we would still be short of 1,000 plus votes. However, I believe the government’s blunders and inability to fulfill their election promises will help sway the fence sitters,” said Ismail Sabri.
The by-election is called following the death of Bakhtiar Mohd Nor of Pakatan who last year netted 23, 428 votes or 50.76 per cent. The victory ended BN’s tight grip on Semenyih since the first elections in 1959.
Both side will announce their candidates tomorrow, with nomination to follow on Saturday.