Kuala Kubu Baharu By-Election Campaign Enters Critical Phase

Kuala Kubu Baharu By-Election Campaign Enters Critical Phase

HULU SELANGOR: The Kuala Kubu Baharu (KKB) State Legislative Assembly (DUN) by-election campaign has entered a critical phase, with parties and candidates doubling efforts to garner as many votes as possible.

With seven days remaining before polling on May 11, the KKB by-election, which began on April 27, has witnessed intensified party flag-waving activities at various polling locations in the constituency.

Amidst the fervor of the by-election campaign, heavy rain in the afternoons and sometimes in the mornings has somewhat disrupted scheduled programs, forcing cancellations due to weather conditions.

Throughout the week-long campaign, Pakatan Harapan (PH) candidate Pang Sock Tao has been conducting over 10 programs a day, utilizing markets and eateries as campaign venues to garner voter support.

The former Press Secretary to the Minister of Housing and Local Government has also been conducting house-to-house visits, conducting friendly surveys in the DUN area, and campaigning online to attract support from young voters.

PH’s Election Director for the KKB by-election, Ng Sze Han, stated that during the seven-day campaign period, PH has organized various voter engagement programs, including engaging 18-year-old voters to introduce Pang, 31. So far, the campaign has covered 50 percent of the area.

“I see the chances of winning as very good, but we must work harder and introduce the manifesto outlining the development and changes we intend to bring to the KKB DUN, which is very important,” he said.

Yesterday, Pang launched his manifesto themed ‘Preserve Kuala Kubu,’ outlining five main cores: economy, facilities, environment and recreation, heritage and culture, and people’s welfare.

A similar approach has been adopted by Perikatan Nasional (PN) candidate Khairul Azhari Saut, 54, according to PN Deputy Chairman and Gerakan President Datuk Dr. Dominic Lau Hoe Chai, who stated that the combined candidate has covered 50 percent of the visited areas so far.

For Parti Rakyat Malaysia (PRM) candidate Hafizah Zainuddin, 50, who employs face-to-face engagement with voters through speeches, her campaign work has reached 30 percent thus far.

Meanwhile, Independent candidate Nyau Ke Xin, 29, the youngest candidate in the by-election, stated that door-to-door campaigning and social media interactions were her choices, with the campaign covering 55 percent of the area so far.

The KKB by-election, which sees a four-cornered contest, was called following the passing of incumbent Lee Kee Hiong, 58, on March 21 due to cancer.

In the previous state election in August last year, Lee defeated his PN, PRM, and Malaysian Democratic Movement (MUDA) challengers with a majority of 4,119 votes.

The Election Commission (EC) has set a campaign period of 14 days, starting after the announcement of the candidates on April 27 and ending at 11:59 pm on May 10.

The KKB DUN has 40,226 registered voters, comprising 39,362 ordinary voters, 625 police personnel, 238 military personnel and spouses, and one absent voter residing overseas.

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