April 29, 2015 by Suara Kebenaran
ROMPIN: The Pahang state government is considering a proposal to declare May 5 a state public holiday to encourage voters in the Rompin constituency to come out to vote.
Menteri Besar Adnan Yaakob said the proposal would be discussed and decided in the state executive council meeting today.
“We have actually been thinking of declaring a public holiday,” he told reporters after launching the state-level Unity Week at Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina Rompin here yesterday.
Adnan said the campaign for the Rompin by-election was running smoothly without any problems triggered by the two contesting parties.
“This is because the socio-cultural nature of the Rompin community is different. They are a ‘peace loving people,’ not rough. So the campaigns are very simple,” he said.
“So far, Barisan Nasional (BN) and PAS are focusing on house-to-house, campaigns,” he said.
In addition he said, the BN machinery had used the campaign period as a platform to explain and clarify the hot issues raised, including issues relating to the second generation housing for the Felda community and the goods and services tax.
When asked to comment on Chinese support for the BN, he said they seemed positive towards the government adding that the Chinese voters hoped the elected representative and BN leaders would appreciate them, and hear out their problems.
The Rompin by-election on May 5, being held following the death of Jamaluddin Jarjis in a helicopter crash in Semenyih, Selangor on April 4, will see a straight fight between BN candidate Hasan Arifin and Ahmad Nazri of PAS.
There are a total of 1,352 Chinese voters who form 3% of the 53,294 voters in the Rompin constituency.