Streram confident of Malay support despite low turnout on campaign trail

Dr Streram Sinnasamy speaks to reporters after a walkabout in Pekan Rantau.

RANTAU: PKR’s Dr Streram Sinnasamy today said he is confident of getting the support of Malay voters in Rantau despite not many showing up for his ceramahs.

Streram, who is representing Pakatan Harapan (PH) in the by-election on April 13, said the Malays, who make up more than 50% of voters in the state constituency, know of him and his work on the ground.

“It’s because I always help them,” he told reporters after a walkabout in Pekan Rantau here.

“Anyone who comes to my office, I will take note of their woes and give them all my support to solve their problems.”

Streram previously said he was confident of getting at least 60 to 70% of votes when polling begins, including the Bumiputera vote as he helps everyone indiscriminately.

Today, he said he expects 30% of the Malay vote to swing in his favour. “That itself is enough to make me happy,” he added.

There are 29,926 registered voters in Rantau, about 55% of whom are Malays, 26% Indians and 19% Chinese.

Streram, who is an anaesthetist by profession, added that voters want justice for him as he was barred from entering the nomination centre last year.

The Rantau by-election follows the Federal Court’s dismissal of an appeal filed by incumbent assemblyman Mohamad Hasan to set aside an Election Court decision declaring his unopposed victory last year null and void.

“They are sympathetic towards my case,” Streram said, referring to the voters.

“I will always be the underdog, but they know me because of that case and my work.”

He added that he is determined to help those who need his assistance, claiming he had helped 150 poor people in Rantau.

Today marks the third day of campaigning for the state seat.

Streram is up against Mohamad and independent candidates Malar Rajaram and Mohd Nor Yassin.