by BERNAMA / pic by MUHD AMIN NAHARUL
The Barisan Nasional (BN) is con dent of recapturing the Hutan Melintang state seat in the 14th General Election (GE14), said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (picture).
The BN deputy chairman said this is because the effort to recapture the seat had been aggressively pursued.
“Support for BN from Indian, Chinese and Malay voters in Hutan Melintang and the Bagan Datuk parliamentary constituency as a whole is on the increase. This is very important to ensure that BN wins Bagan Datuk with a bigger majority in the GE14,” he told reporters after officiating the TN50 (National Transformation 2050) @ Bagan Datuk Aspiration Ceremony at the Malaysia Agro-Exposition Park in Serdang yesterday.
It was attended by over 2,500 Bagan Datuk residents. In the GE13, BN’s candidate for Hutan Melintang R Subramaniam (MIC) lost to PKR’s S Kesavan by a margin of 1,240 votes. Ahmad Zahid, who is also Bagan Datuk MP, said in the GE13, Datuk Shahrul Zaman Yahya won the Rungkup state seat with a majority of 613 votes, while he won with a majority of 2,108 votes.
“In today’s TN50 dialogue, I see many Chinese and Indian voters from the younger generation. They all work outside Bagan Datuk, but I’m sure they will support me because some of them know me personally and know that the government and I are doing numerous development progammes for the common good,” he said.
Earlier, he had joked with the Bagan Datuk residents that he would not contest in the GE at the age of 93, alluding to former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad who is now leading the Opposition and is said to be contesting in the GE14.
Ahmad Zahid added that he will continue to strive to provide the best service to the country and the Bagan Datuk area, although the development benefits would only be fully felt in 2050.