SUNGAI PETANI, 6 April 2009: Datuk S Ganesan, accompanied by his wife R Vatsala, will vote at the SJK (Tamil) Ladang Perbadanan here tomorrow, hopeful that a majority of the voters in the Bukit Selambau state constituency will vote for the Barisan Nasional (BN) as well in the by-election.
The BN candidate today advised the voters to make a wise decision tomorrow for their own good and that of their families.
“The people need leaders who can fulfil their aspirations … the poor need to unshackle themselves from poverty; the youths want to be given greater attention; and the urban people want to live in peace,” he told reporters on the eve of polling tomorrow.
Ganesan, of the MIC, is facing S Manikumar of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) and 13 independent candidates in the by-election, necessitated by the resignation of PKR state assemblyperson V Arumugam on 8 Feb.
On the campaign since nomination on 29 March, Ganesan said the Indians in the constituency were divided and the BN was posed with the challenge of uniting them and getting them to support the coalition.
“The people need good leadership and I have done my best to convince them that I can help fulfill their aspirations,” he said.
Ganesan said he had observed during the campaign that the people’s support for the BN had increased and they were convinced of the coalition’s capability.
Meanwhile, MIC president Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu said Bukit Selambau constituents needed a change, including in terms of housing and other development and that only the BN could provide them with these facilities.
“I am confident that the voters of Bukit Selambau will support Ganesan who can bring development through the BN government,” he said.
Samy Vellu advised the voters to come out early to vote as the weather could be unfavourable in the afternoon. — Bernama