MUKAH - Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is confident that Barisan Nasional could secure a larger majority in the Balingian by-election, as long as the turnout is high.
The semi-rural seat is a Barisan stronghold if past voting trends are to be considered.
"The bigger the turnout, the better it will be," said Muhyiddin. "Voters here are our supporters. That is historically true," he told reporters after launching a homestay programme in Kampung Seberang here.
In the 2011 state election, voters gave former Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud a 5,154-majority in a three-cornered fight.
Back then, the state seat had 11,792 registered voters compared with 13,366 now.
Muhyiddin believed that the campaign for Barisan started off well and that it had gained momentum since then. "Nonetheless, I ask people not to be overconfident. Go out and vote. In the last 24 hours, we hope to further increase our support."
The Deputy Prime Minister made two campaign stops in Balingian yesterday.
In the morning, he visited members of the Mukah-Oya Fishermen Association where he pledged that the Barisan-led Government would continue to provide diesel subsidies. He also announced the approval of a new ice machine and pick-up truck for the association.
Later, Tourism Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg and Muhyiddin launched the homestay programme.
Both leaders spoke on the differences between the Kajang and Balingian by-elections.
Muhyiddin said Pakatan received fewer votes in Kajang compared with last year's general election. "The Kajang Move was a failure (for PKR)," he pointed out.
Johari said the Kajang by-election was motivated by a "power tussle" while Balingian was the result of a "smooth power transition".
Today, is the last day for campaigning. Polling is tomorrow.