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Bagan Pinang By-Election ceramah

Bagan Pinang By-Election: Zulkefly Mohamad Omar (Candidate) 08/10/2009

Bagan Pinang By-Election: YB Nizar Jamaluddin 04/10/2009

He made muruku and carried babies in his attempt to convince the Indian community in Bagan Pinang to continue backing PAS. Zulkefly Omar visited two estates with a high concentration of Indian voters yesterday and also made house-to-house visits in Bradwall and Siliau estates. The two estates are home to almost 1,000 out of the 13,664 voters in the constituency. The visit was made significant by the revelation of a survey yesterday that Datuk Seri Najib Razak's approval rating among the Indians remained high at 68 per cent.

But the Indian votes look uncertain for Pakatan Rakyat (PR) as the Barisan Nasional (BN) events held at the estates have been well-attended, with party leaders giving away goodies to the voters, ranging from rice cookers to sarees and hampers. The ruling coalition had also promised to revive the six-year-old public housing project in Siliau which has been delayed.

“That was a lie. The project is an old project, after so long there is still no sign of construction, how to believe them now, and the workers earn only about RM400 a month; they cannot afford the house and are not qualified to get loans unless the government wants to give the houses for free,” said PKR's M. Ravi. However, the Port Dickson assemblyman admitted that there will be a slight drop in PAS's share of Indian votes.

“Because this time Muhyiddin is making the promises, some of them might take him seriously, but it won't be more than five per cent as the younger generation is solidly behind us,” Ravi told The Malaysian Insider, referring to Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin's repeated visits to the estates throughout this campaign. In the last general election, the majority of the Indian voters in Bagan Pinang, who form 20 per cent of the electorate, voted for PAS.


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