Final day of Seri Setia's lengthy campaign trail

Final day of Seri Setia's lengthy campaign trail

RAFIDAH MAT RUZKI

SHAH ALAM: The 21-day campaign period for the Seri Setia by-election is finally set to come to an end at midnight.

Tomorrow, voters will head to the polls and vote for their new assemblyman.

Throughout the lengthy campaign period, many issues were brought to the table, particularly local ones affecting those in the state constituency in a bid to garner votes from the 53,492 registered voters in Seri Setia.

In a straight fight, Pakatan Harapan's (PH) Halimey Abu Bakar, dubbed the Seri Setia homeboy will face PAS' Dr Halimah Ali.

Similar to what happened in the previous Sungai Kandis by-election, the issue of a local candidate was a favourite play amongst those involved as Dr Halimah was born in Sarawak while Halimey used his homeboy status to his advantage.

For Halimey, this by-election is a test not only for him as a first time election candidate, but also for PH as this will be the first time they are using their own logo in an election.

A Seri Setia assemblyman must not only be able to serve the urban folks in the area, but also able to raise the issue of some areas that have communities categorised as urban poor.

If one were to look at service record, the senior Dr Halimah has advantage over Halimey as she has served as a state exco when she was previously elected as Selat Kelang assemblyman under the administration of then Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim.

Dr Halimah's background also reflects her determination to succeed as she was born into a poor family.

However, Halimey cannot be looked down upon as he too has served the people as a Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) member, and surely he is familiar with the area he is contesting in.

The last leg of the campaign trail for these two candidates will culminate in a grand ceramah tonight to be attended by big names in both parties.

For PH, their final ceramah will be held at the playground on Jalan SS5C/9 in Petaling Jaya.

It is set to feature outgoing PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, Selangor Menteri Besar Amiruddin Shari as well as PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali.

Meanwhile, PAS has yet to reveal who are the big names that will attend their final ceramah tonight.

The Seri Setia seat fell vacant following the death of PKR's Prof Dr Shaharuddin Baharuddin who won the seat in GE14 with 29,250 votes.

Women voters slightly outnumber the men in Seri Setia with 50.42 percent.

Almost half of the total registered voters are made up of those between the ages of 30 and 49.

One of the worries about the by-election tomorrow is voter turnout.

Looking at the Sungai Kandis by-election on Aug 4, barely 50 percent of the number of registered voters turned up to cast their votes.

Keywords: Seri Setia, by-election, Dr Halimah Ali, PAS, PKR, Pakatan Harapan, Halimey Abu Bakar © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd