KUALA BESUT, July 12 (Bernama) -- "Let's build a bridge to unity and reject personal attack."
That's a call made by the Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate Tengku Zaihan Che Ku Abd Rahman, 37, in his campaign for the Kuala Besut state by-election scheduled for July 24.
While describing a personal attack on the opponent as unnecessary and a waste of time, Tengku Zaihan said:
"We don't want and will not launch a personal attack."
He said what was more important was the effort to go to the ground and win the hearts of the people through community events, especially by attending breaking of fast and tarawih prayer in conjunction with the blessed month of Ramadan.
Tengku Zaihan said this to reporters after accompanying Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to visit ailing former senator and Terengganu Wanita Umno chief Wan Ramlah Wan Ahmad, 67, at her home in Kampung Paya Rawa here.
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The civil engineer also said that he would concentrate on strengthening unity among the people, besides focusing his efforts to address local issues concerning the farmers and fishermen, who made up the majority of the people in Kuala Besut.
He said he would also reach out to the young voters as their voices and aspirations were vital in developing the constituency.
"I think I have a good chance of winning. I will do my level best to win the heart of the voters and the people here," Tengku Zaihan said.
The Kuala Besut state by-election will see a straight fight between Tengku Zaihan and PAS' candidate Endot@Azlan Yusof, 48.
The by-election is being called following the death of its assemblyman Dr A Rahman Mokhtar on June 26.
In the May 5 polls, Dr A Rahman defeated PAS' Napisah Ismail with a 2,434-vote majority.
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Meanwhile, Kuala Besut PAS by-election central committee director Datuk Husam Musa said heavy tasks await Endot in a bid to win the state seat.
Nevertheless, he said he believed that the competition would be tough for Tengku Zaihan as the PAS candidate was a familiar face in the constituency.
"Insya-Allah (God willing), based on the feedback we received, the people here will definitely give their support to PAS," he said when met at the nomination centre at Kampung Raja Rakan Muda Complex here.
Also present were PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, spiritual leader Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat, secretary-general Datuk Mustafa Ali, PKR deputy president Azmin Ali and DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang.
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