No character assassination, says BN deputy chairman

KAJANG - Barisan Nasional will take the offensive approach in its campaigns for the Kajang by-election as it needs to tell voters the weaknesses of the opponent.

However, Barisan deputy chairman Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the coalition would observe the decorum of elections and would refrain from any character assassination.

"We will be on the offensive because we need to make the people realise why they should be with us.

"But even so, Barisan will not go into personal attacks," he told reporters after chairing the Barisan election machinery for the Kajang polls.

Voters in Kajang will once again go to the ballot boxes on March 23 following the resignation of PKR assemblyman Lee Chin Cheh.

Barisan is fielding MCA vice-president Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun while Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is contesting for the PKR.

Muhyiddin reminded the Barisan machinery that people are "kings" during elections so they should find out the needs of the people and solve their problems.

"I want our machinery to be effective and there should be good co-ordination among the component parties so we can move to support our candidate better," he added.

At the launch of Wanita Barisan election machinery, Muhyiddin said although many viewed it as an underdog, the coalition aimed to emerge the winner.

"People ask what is the point of contesting as we will surely lose. However, I am confident we can prove our detractors wrong," he said.

He said the by-election was important as it would allow Barisan to counter the Opposition's lies that the Government was weak and ineffective.

Chew, meanwhile, said there were already indications that voters were gradually returning to Barisan and the rejuvenated MCA.

She said voters in Kajang were unhappy at the manner in which the by-election was forced on them.

"The general feeling (for Barisan) is much better than before.

"However, we still have an uphill task and we need to do more," she said, adding that the MCA would adopt a people-friendly and door-to-door approach to win over the voters.