Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman Ahmad Zahid Hamidi yesterday expressed hope that the Chinese voters would continue to support Pakatan Harapan (PH) and its candidate for the Pulai parliamentary by-election, Suhaizan Kaiat, as they did the previous MP, the late Salahuddin Ayub.
He said Suhaizan deserved their support as he was a good candidate who would be able to provide the best service for Pulai residents, having served as Salahuddin’s political secretary.
"I know the Chinese really supported Salahuddin strongly. I want Suhaizan to also be supported by the Chinese here in Pulai.
"He used to go against BN, and BN was against him, we were rivals but now we’re allies, so why should we fight? We’re now the unity government.
"Malays, Chinese, Indians along with Sabahans and Sarawakians, he will help us all. I told him, help everyone as we’re colour-blind. If there aren't enough allocations, seek my help," the deputy prime minister said in his speech when meeting the Taman Perling Kuan Yin Devotees’ Association at Guan Yin Temple in Johor Bahru with Deputy Investment, Trade and Industry Minister Liew Chin Tong and Pulai Umno division chief Nur Jazlan Mohamed.
He also announced that Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim had approved an initial allocation of RM500,000 for an additional building for SJK (C) Poay Chai, and that Liew had submitted an application for allocations of RM4 million for the school's development.
"Liew informed me that he had asked for a 70% turnout from Chinese voters on Sept 9. Now we’re allies, we want the unity government in Johor and Putrajaya – the strongest governments in Malaysia," Zahid said.
He also promised that BN would continue to support PH to ensure that the government remained stable in terms of the economy, education and job opportunities.
The Pulai parliamentary by-election will see a three-cornered fight among Suhaizan, Perikatan Nasional candidate Zulkifli Jaafar and independent Samsudin Mohamad Fauzi.