Manek Urai by-election was held following the death of Ismail Yaacob’s of PAS on May 22. Being a Malay heartland – ( 99 per cent of the 12,300 registered voters are Malays) the by-election is widely seen as a test of Malays support for the opposing parties.

Perak issues, Malay rights, Islam and economic progress are among the issues being harped to sway support.

“The people of Kelantan, especially voters in Manik Urai are goaded by the same old rhetoric used by PAS to run down Barisan Nasional (BN)”, said Umno vice president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi on Sunday.

“This time around, voters in Manik Urai should not be deceived by PAS’ sweet talk…because it is only sweet outside but bitter inside. They (voters) themselves can assess who is right and who is wrong,” said Ahmad Zahid who is also the Defence Minister.

Ahmad Zahid said most of the issues raised by PAS in their campaigns were aimed at running down BN and such efforts had been thwarted by the federal government.

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