TELUK INTAN, MAY 22 – Gerakan’s party machinery is ready to face the two parliamentary by-elections next month, said its president Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong. Mah who is Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department said Gerakan had formed a special committee to oversee the machinery for the by-elections in Kuala Kangsar, Perak and Sungai Besar, Selangor.
“The Selangor Gerakan chairman David Ang Chin Tat would lead the Gerakan machinery in Sungai Besar, while Perak Gerakan chairman Soo Kay Ping would lead in Kuala Kangsar. For now, we have identified 2,000 members who will be mobilised in stages and will be divided between the two constituencies,” he told reporters after the prize-presentation ceremony of the Hilir Perak district Healthy Baby Competition here today.
A total of 200 babies took part in the competition which was organised by Teluk Intan Wanita Gerakan division and the Resident’s Representative Committee. Mah who is also Teluk Intan member of parliament said all the component parties of Barisan Nasional (BN) should work together to ensure victory for the party’s candidate as well as to increase the number of majority votes.
At the 13th General Elections, the BN candidate in Kuala Kangsar, Datuk Wan Mohammad Khair-il Anuar Wan Ahmad won after defeating PAS candidate Khalil Idham Lim Abdullah and independent candidate Datuk Kamilia Ibrahim with a majority of 1,082 votes.
In Sungai Besar, Datuk Noriah Kasnon who was Deputy Minister of Plantations Industries and Commodities won the Sungai Besar seat after defeating PAS candidate Mohamed Salleh M.Hussin with a majority of 399 votes. Mah said Gerakan would campaign from house to house to win votes for the candidate as well as conduct more programmes to be close to the people.
The Kuala Kangsar and Sungai Besar by-elections are being held following the deaths of Wan Mohammad Khair-il Anuar and Noriah in a helicopter crash in Sebuyau, Sarawak on May 5. The Election Commission has fixed the by-elections to be held simultaneously on June 18, while the nomination day would be on June 5.
Meanwhile in Sekinchan, Mah said Gerakan would focus on door-to-door campaigning to win the hearts of the voters in the parliamentary by-election for Sungai Besar. He said the strategy was seen to be more effective compared to campaigning through ceramah or talks because whatever issues could be explained to the voters in a close manner.
He said it is the same method used when facing the Teluk Intan by-election in 2014. He told this to reporters after officially opening the party’s operations centre for the Sungai Besar by-election, here today. Also present was Selangor Gerakan chairman David Ang Chin Tat.