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MERSING: Campaigning is not only for the two weeks before the elections but should be done year round.
Barisan Nasional (BN) Mersing parliamentary candidate Datuk Dr Abdul Latiff Ahmad said that his hard work during his tenure as the member of parliament here was the reason why he was elected repeatedly.
"I was here for two to three days in a week despite my responsibility as a deputy minister to ensure that I fulfil my duty as a community leader.
"It is my track record that made it possible for me to contest for the fifth time and my work is also what gives me the confidence of winning the seat," he said.
A doctor by profession, Dr Latiff owned three clinics here before deciding to be actively involved in politics and serve the people in his hometown.
The 55-year-old, however, said that he was getting older and would have retired this general election but decided to carry on as a show of support towards Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak who is also BN chairman.
"Najib is a good leader and I am confident that I can give him one parliamentary seat and two state seats which will strengthen BN's overall scorecard," he said.
He added that he was grooming younger people to take over once this term is over.
Dr Latiff won the Mersing parliamentary seat with a 79 per cent majority in 2004 and 73 per cent majority in 2008.
There are 44,579 voters in Mersing, 79.82 per cent of which are Malays, 15.79 per cent Chinese, 1.3 per cent Indians and 3.1 per cent others.