KUALA TERENGGANU, Dec 5 (Bernama) — The Barisan Nasional (BN) will be facing a different situation in the coming Kuala Terengganu by-election than the one in Permatang Pauh as the East Coast parliamentary seat had been previously won by a BN candidate.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said BN needed to retain the seat compared with Permatang Pauh which was already held by Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) before its by-election in August.
“This is a state (Terengganu) ruled by the BN government and the parliamentary seat (Kuala Terengganu) is also ours….we have to defend it. The situation here cannot be compared to that in Permatang Pauh.”
Najib said this when met by reporters after attending a ‘tahlil’ for the late Deputy Education Minister Datuk Razali Ismail in Batu Burok, here, Friday night.
Also present were Education Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, Umno information chief Tan Sri Muhammad Muhd Taib, party secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor and Information Minister Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek.
The Kuala Terengganu seat fell vacant following the death of Razali, while playing badminton at Institut Aminuddin Baki in Genting Highlands last Friday.
The Election Commission (EC) has fixed nomination for the by-election on Jan 6 next year and polling on Jan 17, in the event of a contest.
Asked on the kind of campaign to be conducted by BN, Najib who is also Umno deputy president, said he would announce it after getting a clear picture of the situation in Terengganu.
“We will let you know later. The purpose of my visit today is to meet the divisional leaders. Only after that, I can have a clear picture of the situation,” he said.
On the polling date, he said the EC fixed the date in view of the weather condition in the state of late.
He said the EC felt that if polling were to be held this month, it could be marred by bad weather.
On the 11-day campaigning period, he said the BN would make the usual preparations.
Najib said the death of Razali was a big loss to the education sector and country.
The deputy prime minister said Razali’s commitment to his duty as deputy education minister was exemplary.
After the ‘tahlil’, Najib held a closed-door meeting with the Terengganu Umno Liaison Committee at the Terengganu Equestrian Resort here before returning to Kuala Lumpur.
Source : Bernama