Muhyiddin wants BN to recapture 5,000 majority in Tenang

(Malaysia Chronicle) – Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin wants the Barisan Nasional (BN) machinery for the by-election for the Tenang State Assembly seat to recapture a majority of more than 5,000, previously achieved by the BN in the 2004 general election.

The Deputy Prime Minister said the Tenang by-election represented a test for the Johor BN and only by winning the seat with a majority of more than 5,000 could it prove that Johor was a strong bastion for the BN.

“In the 2004 general election, we won with a majority of more than 5,000. In 2008, we won with a majority of more than 2,000. The question is, what will the majority be in 2011?

“Going by the observations made, everyone says we can win. But what we want is to redeem the 2004 majority, that is more than 5,000. We want a bigger majority in the by-election this time,” he said in his speech before naming the BN candidate for the Tenang by-election.

Mohd Azhar Ibrahim, 39, former Rengit sub-district officer, has been named as the BN candidate for the Tenang by-election on January 30. Nomination day is on Saturday.

Muhyiddin called on the BN machinery to work hard to woo all 14,753 voters in the Tenang state constituency and not to underestimate the opposition candidate.

PAS had announced earlier this week that its candidate would be Labis Wanita PAS head, Normala Sudirman, 39.

“Don’t look down on the candidate, whether the candidate is a man or woman. They are all the same. What is important is that we must work hard. We don’t want a normal victory but an extraordinary win,” he said.

Speaking to the media after the announcement of the BN candidate, Muhyiddin said Mohd Azhar received the support of all the Umno leaders in Labis although he did not hold any position in the Labis Umno division.

“I appeal to the Tenang voters to accept him (Mohd Azhar), who is just entering 39 years of age, (he) has much energy to move to all areas,” he said, adding that he wanted all the BN machinery to work closely together to assist the candidate.