TELUK INTAN - Barisan Nasional is ready for a good fight in the Teluk Intan parliamentary seat by-election.
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said Barisan through its candidate Datuk Mah Siew Keong was prepared to face DAP's challenge through its candidate Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud.
"The Barisan leadership has set a realistic target for the grassroots as a Key Performance Index (KPI) during the by-election," he said after launching the by-election machinery and announcing the Gerakan president as the candidate here yesterday.
"We know our strengths and weaknesses. We will try to get more votes from all 32 polling centres.
"With members from all component parties, including the friends of Barisan, we can pull in votes to achieve victory," he said.
Citing the recent Kajang by-election in March where Barisan lost by a lesser margin, Muhyiddin expressed confidence of positive changes in the outcome of the by-election.
In the Kajang by-election, Barisan's MCA candidate Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun managed to reduce the majority won by PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah.
Dr Wan Azizah secured 16,741 votes to Chew's 11,362 votes (5,379 vote majority) as Chinese support for Barisan went up to about 25 per cent.
The Teluk Intan seat fell vacant after its MP, the late Seah Leong Peng died of cancer on May 1.
Nomination is tomorrow.
Muhyiddin also said that Mah, 53, was the most suitable candidate as he is a local with many supporters since his days as MP for two terms there.
"He is well versed with the problems and grouses faced by the people here," he told hundreds of people gathered at the Teluk Intan Resthouse for the announcement.
Also present were Barisan component party chiefs, including MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.