The by-election campaign cycle for the Chini state seat has entered its eighth day today and Barisan Nasional ( BN) nominee Mohd Sharim Md Zain is seen as leading his other two rival, independent Tengku Datuk Zainul Hisham Tengku Hussin and Mohd Shukri Mohd Ramli.
With just a few remaining days of the voting season, though, both politicians are required to step up their campaigns in order to gain as much support as possible from the electorate. While this election campaign is set in the latest standard traditions, Mohd Sharim 41 is currently seen as leading not only in terms of campaign operations but also in the approval of the electorate in the settlement of Felda Chini, urban villages and villages of Orang Asli.
From the get-go, it is shown that Mohd Sharim, a local boy and the second generation of Felda Chini, has added advantages, combined with the reality that in the by-election Pakatan Harapan ( PH) did not field any nominee. Without the assistance of some political groups , individual candidates will definitely not address big concerns such as water and energy problems on behalf of Felda settlers and the population of Orang Asli, as well as issues relating to Felda’s second generation.
Political analyst Md Shukri Shuib claims that holding a by-election during the implementation of the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) has given BN some advantages as a member of the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government after effectively stabilizing the political uncertainty of the country as well as the economic effect of the Covid-19.
When the BN wins the Chini by-election, it will function as an measure for the PN government to evaluate the people’s degree of happiness and decide the progress of the next general elections. Another political analyst, Dr Ainul Adzellie Hasnul, said the BN, as one of the PN ‘s components, would double its efforts to help reinforce the new government that had been established since March by winning the by-election of the Chini state seat.
Not only does this (by-election) create a history as it is set in the new normal, but it is also the PN government’s ‘first test,’ as well as the continuation of the Muafakat Nasional between Umno and PAS.
On the basis of his observation, he said that voters in the Chini state constituency are still in favor of the BN and this time around there should be no problem in increasing the majority.
As BN is part of government, the leader has a number of benefits that make them seem more appealing than other politicians, plus he’s a local guy and understands the area’s intricacies and local problems. Mohd Sharim will be facing two independent candidates — Tengku Zainul Hisham, 64, and Mohd Shukri, 49, — whose political activities have so far been viewed as ‘low profile’ on polling day scheduled for July 4.
Centered on the electoral roll, the Chini State seat comprises 20,990 registered voters, including 18 early voters, and since the 11th General Election in 2004, the constituency has become the BN stronghold through its incumbent Datuk Seri Abu Bakar Harun, who died of a heart attack on May 7.