The fasting month not a hindrance. Both PAS and BN campaigning as usual.

The fasting month not a hindrance. Both PAS and BN campaigning as usual.

The campaigning for the Permatang Pasir state by-election is proceeding as usual in the fasting month of Ramadhan with ceramahs (speechs) being held only after the ‘terawih’ prayers.

Both candidates in the by-election are as usual meeting residents in the day with a tight schedule.

The breaking of fast is also made a platform for candidates to meet voters.

The Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate is the Permatang Pauh Umno division secretary, Rohaizat Othman, 38, and PAS’ candidate is its Penang state commissioner, Mohd Salleh Man, 52.

The by-election is being held following the death of Pas’ Datuk Mohd Hamdan Abdul Rahman on July 31 due to a heart attack.

Besides meeting voters at the breaking of fast, there are also BN leaders who spent time having a meal in residents’ houses before fasting started.

Jerlun Member of Parliament Datuk Mukhriz Tun Mahathir ate before the start of fasting in one resident’s house early Saturday morning.

Meanwhile, Umno information chief, Ahmad Maslan, on Saturday distributed leaflets titled “Suara Permatang Pasir” (the Voice of Permatang Pasir) to people.

For Wanita Umno its chief Senator Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil said the movement would continue to meet women voters house to house.

PAS’ election director Datuk Mahfuz Omar said the party’s election machinery was functioning as normal except that ceramahs were held after the ‘terawih’ prayers.

He said the PAS candidate had visited the houses of more than 70 per cent of voters in the constituency.

Wanita Parti Kedilan Rakyat (PKR) chief, Zuraidah Kamaruddin, said the party distributed food for breaking fast and for before start of fasting to the low income group. — BERNAMA