PONTIAN: The candidates for the Tanjung Piai by-election tomorrow are hoping for a huge turnout.
The seat fell vacant following the death of Dr Md Farid Md Rafik, a deputy minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, following heart complications on Sept 21.
FMT spoke to four of the six candidates on their feelings in the last 24 hours before voting.
Pakatan Harapan’s Karmaine Sardini said he hoped that 80% of Tanjung Piai’s voters will come out to vote early tomorrow.
“I also wish outstation voters will come back, too. They must support PH as we are their best choice for their future,” he said.
Karmaine promised that he will carry out the development projects that had been planned during Farid’s term.
“For the past 14 days, we saw a positive response to our campaign,” he added.
Berjasa’s Badhrulhisham Abdul Aziz also shared the same sentiment as Karmanie in hoping for a large turnout.
He hoped the voters will give Berjasa a chance to represent them in Parliament.
Meanwhile, Karmanie’s biggest opponent, Barisan Nasional’s Wee Jeck Seng, said as a local, born and bred here, he will ensure the welfare of people was well taken care of.
“PH said they wanted to help the people but what happened to their GE14 election manifesto?
“Prices of goods have gone up and our salary is getting smaller. I hope the government won’t lie to us again.”
Another candidate, Wendy Subramaniam, from Gerakan, said she had received positive response from the people here, adding that she hoped the voters will show their dissatisfaction towards BN and PH.
“I will also donate the MP’s allowances of RM16,000 if I win.
“The money will be put into a fund for welfare and social activities for Tanjung Piai,” she added.
Farid had won the seat in GE14 after defeating Wee by a 524-vote margin. The other contestant was Nordin Othman, from PAS.
This time, PAS is supporting the BN candidate.
Tanjung Piai is a mixed seat with 53,528 registered voters, comprising 57% Malays, 41.66% Chinese and 1% Indians.
This is the ninth by-election held after PH took over the federal government.