KOTA BARU, 1 June 2009: Sleeping in people’s homes and tapping rubber together with villagers will be among the methods used by the Umno information machinery to gain voters’ support in the 14 July Manik Urai by-election.
Umno information head Ahmad Maslan said Barisan Nasional (BN) workers must experience the hardship of people, who are mostly farmers, there.
“The Umno information machinery was officially launched today, by sleeping in the villagers’ homes, and the machinery will feel the hardships that the villagers face as farm workers.
“The ceramah will continue to be held but what is more important is to meet the voters personally and explain to them why it is important that they vote for the BN in the coming by-election,” he told reporters after a briefing organised by the Kelantan Umno information machinery.
The by-election is being held following the death of the incumbent assemblyperson, Ismail Yaacob, from PAS, due to a heart attack on 22 May.
The Election Commission fixed 6 July for nomination day.
Ahmad, who is also a Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, said the BN would try as far as possible to meet more than 12,000 voters in the constituency by going to their homes, surau and work place.
He said the spirit of unity in Umno and BN in Kelantan was very strong. “There is light at the end of the tunnel,” he added. — Bernama