MUKAH: BN candidate Yussibnosh Balo says he will try to reach out to as many voters as possible during the campaign period to garner support and shore up confidence so that they will vote for him come polling on March 29.
Taking the cue from Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin who wanted a bigger majority, Yussibnosh said he would have to tell the voters that BN was the only credible agent of change.
“I want to be seen as a people-friendly candidate by not only meeting them during this by-election but every time especially if they have problems if I win this by-election,” Yussibnosh told the press at BN by-election operation room here yesterday.
The former Dalat district officer said he started his campaign yesterday by visiting the family of a fellow villager who passed away recently. He spent about half an hour at the home of the late Magdalene Misut Belideh, 70, who died of sickness.
Today, he is expected at an Iban longhouse — Rumah Geruna in Temesuk near here.
“We will campaign at the Iban longhouses first even though Melanaus are the majority in this constituency,” said Yussibnosh.
He said the BN machinery would assist in the campaign to ensure that no area was left out.
The 48-year-old father of seven also took a swipe at the opposition for accusing the government of not fulfilling its promises.
“We heard it ourselves that the deputy prime minister on Monday had said that the government would build a secondary school at Balingian sub-district,” he said.
Yussibnosh said he would put greater emphasis on education but that would not mean that he would set aside the people’s infrastructure need.
“What we want to stress is the importance of education,” he said.
In a separate press conference, Mukah police chief DSP Omar Bakhtiar Yacoob said the police were expecting an increase in election activities after the Kajang by-election on March 23.
He added that so far, both parties — the BN and PKR — had been campaigning in a mild manner.
“As of today, the police have not received any reports of untoward incident with regards to the by-election,” he told the media at the police station here.
As of yesterday, Omar said they had received six applications for ‘ceramah’ (talk) permits from the BN and one from PKR. However, he reminded both political parties and their supporters to observe the laws at all times during the campaign period.
Omar said he had also sent an advisory note to both the BN and PKR to observe the by-election laws. He added they could apply for permits to hold talks any time but wanted them to apply early.
He added that they had received extra manpower from other parts of Sarawak to keep law and order during the by-election here. - theborneopost