ROMPIN, April 27 – Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate, Datuk Hasan Arifin has covered more than 60 per cent of the Rompin parliamentary constituency since the Rompin by-election campaign kicked off on April 22. According to Hasan, the areas he has visited include Orang Asli settlements and Felda areas in the three state seats that come under the constituency, namely Bukit Ibam, Muadzam Shah and Tioman.
“I have not visited 40 percent of the voters especially those in the smaller villages of the district but with one week of campaigning left, I am confident of meeting all voters by then,” he said. He was speaking to reporters after attending a Titian Kasih programme with the Orang Asli community in Kampung Orang Asli Sungai Gadak here.
At the same time, he also expressed satisfaction with the progress made by the party machinery in campaigning to ensure BN clinched victory with a great majority, in line with the aspiration of Deputy Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. “The response of voters so far has been encouraging, in fact I am also proud that the by-election campaign in Rompin is running peacefully without any clashes from the contesting parties,” he said.
Meanwhile, Hasan said he was taking additional supplements to avoid having heavy meals at night, in order to remain fit and active throughout the campaign. Hasan, who is also acting Rompin UMNO division head, said, at 62, he was still feeling energetic even with the limited rest and erratic sleeping hours since the campaign started.
The Rompin by-election is being held following the death of Tan Sri Dr Jamaluddin Jarjis in a helicopter crash in Semenyih, Selangor on April 4. In the 13th general election, Jamaluddin retained the seat he had held for 23 years, when he defeated former PAS women’s wing chief, Nuridah Mohd Salleh with a majority of 15,114 votes.