PH will not underestimate BN in Cameron Highlands by-election, says Saifuddin

PH secretariat chief Saifuddin Abdullah says the coalition anticipates a ‘very interesting’ by-election.

KUANTAN: Pakatan Harapan (PH) will not underestimate the strength of Barisan Nasional (BN) in the upcoming Cameron Highlands parliamentary by-election, PH secretariat chief Saifuddin Abdullah said.

He said this was because the by-election, scheduled for Jan 26, was the first to be held in a constituency won by BN in the 14th general election.

“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 the PH-led government.

“So, this time around, we anticipate a very interesting by-election,” he said after flagging off 2,050 participants at the Ultron Kuantan New Year Run and Ride 2019 co-organised by Adham Bike Centre here today.

Saifuddin, who is also the foreign minister, said apart from giving attention to Orang Asli voters, PH would 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 by-election is the voter turnout as it was quite low at previous by-elections.

“However, the election machinery of all PH component parties have agreed to work full-time to ensure victory,” he said.

The by-election is being called after the Election Court on Oct 30 declared the victory of BN’s C Sivarraajh in GE14 as null and void because of corrupt practices to influence voters.

Sivarraajh did not appeal the court’s decision.

The Election Commission set nomination for the by-election on Jan 12, early voting on Jan 22 and polling on Jan 26.

Last Friday, PH chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad confirmed Pahang DAP vice-chairman M Manogaran as the PH candidate for the by-election.