By Arnaz M Khairul
KUALA LUMPUR: Pakatan Harapan candidate for Lembah Pantai Fahmi Fadzil believes there is no certainty that the 10,000 police personnel moved into the constituency’s voting pool will choose Barisan Nasional (BN) in the coming polls.
The redelineation of the parliamentary constituency may not give an advantage to BN, despite popular assumptions, he said.
The redelineation exercise by the Election Commission placed the national police headquarters in Bukit Aman, the Jalan Travers district police headquarters and the Brickfields police station in the constituency.
Fahmi said the exercise had likely boosted confidence on BN’s side.
“Yes, it means more votes from the police force, but BN can’t be sure that all the police personnel will vote for them,” said Fahmi, after making his rounds meeting residents in Bukit Bandaraya today.
He said his plan in the week leading up to polling on May 9 was to go to the ground and meet as many residents as possible.
With BN banners and tents bearing BN candidate Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin’s image already dominating the Lembah Pantai facade, it would seem Fahmi has been caught on the back foot.
But he believed continuity to PKR’s two-term grip on the seat, vacated by party vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar, was possible.
“There is already strong support for the party among constituents here, so we just need to work to woo the new voters,” he said.
“They already know the party, but voters here want to know who they are voting for. So this is what I will be focusing on leading up to the election. We will go down and try to meet as many constituents as possible.”