ROMPIN, April 29 – Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein today welcomed the announcement by Pahang to make May 5, as a public holiday to coincide with the Rompin by-election. He said such move would allow Rompin voters to return and cast their ballots.
“May 5, falls on Tuesday which is a working day. “Thus, the voters will have an ample time to cast their ballots without having to rush back to work,” he said after a visit to Rompin by-election media centre here. Although the holiday was convenient to those residing in Pahang, he said Rompin voters living in other states should find their way back home too.
Hishammuddin, who is also Barisan Nasional (BN) operations director for the by-election, said every vote was important for the future of Rompin. “Despite being a BN’s stronghold, we want to ensure that the people exercise their voting rights. “Thus, our machinery will work hard to ensure a high voter turnout on the polling day,” he said, adding that it was not easy to ensure high turnout as that recorded in 13th General Election.
In another development, Hishammuddin denied that Umno information chief Datuk Ahmad Maslan had been warned to keep quiet on the goods and services tax (GST) during the campaign period. “Issues pertaining to GST need to be addressed urgently and that is what we are doing now during this campaigning period,” he said.