PONTIAN: PPBM president Muhyiddin Yassin said today Pakatan Harapan’s think tank had found that the government is leading in support from voters in the Tanjung Piai by-election.
His statement comes on the heels of the findings of a research firm, Ilham Centre, yesterday that they found Barisan Nasional may win the by-election tomorrow. The think tank also said that the Chinese voters there will return to support BN.
“I am not disputing the findings of other surveys but the survey respondents are picked randomly.
“The think tank we chose said we are leading in support from the people,” he said at a press conference today after meeting PPBM’s polling and counting agents.
A Selangor state-owned think tank, Institute Darul Ehsan (IDE), said PH’s candidate Karmaine Sardini is leading with 53% support while BN’s Wee Jeck Seng has 44% support.
Another research centre, Singapore’s Iseas-Yusof Ishak Institute, said PH and BN are the big contenders in this by-election. It said that if PH wins and retains Tanjung Piai tomorrow, it will provide a boost to the government.
Previously, PH had lost in three out of eight by-elections after they took over the government.
Muhyiddin, in addressing claims that BN may return in Tanjung Piai with a large majority, said this is just a psychological war to play with voters’ minds.
“I have gone through many elections. There are always predictions that one side may win.
“For example, some parties said BN would continue to be in power after GE14, but the results proved otherwise,” he said.
Muhyiddin also said the last 24 hours are crucial for PH to reach out to the voters.
“I have visited almost all the voting centres and I see our members are in high spirits.
“The support of locals for my ceramah last night was also extraordinary. I also take it as support for us,” he said.
Besides Wee and Karmaine, four other candidates, namely Gerakan’s Wendy Subramaniam, Berjasa’s Badhrulhisham Abdul Aziz, as well as two independent candidates, Faridah Aryani Abd Ghaffar and Ang Chuan Lock, are contesting in this by-election.
Tanjung Piai voters will cast their votes tomorrow. The Election Commission expects a 70% voter turnout.