DESPITE the warm weather, which is expected to last until the end of the month, nothing stops the two candidates in the interim election of Balakong to do everything to win the hearts and minds of the voters in the Selangor constituency.
Even on nomination day, the Tan Chee Teong from both MCA and Pakatan Harapan's Wong Siew Ki from DAP were already a few hours after the official announcement by the election committee on the campaign visit.
Tan, 40, a local boy active in local non-governmental organizations and residents' associations, is aware of his underdog status in a constituency that has overwhelmingly voted for the late DAP assembler Eddie Ng in the 14th general election on 9 May.
"But I will have to do everything now, I can not say that the next five years, if I am elected, will be easier than this, it will actually be more difficult," Tan said.
Although Tan was active in sports during his school days and was a basketball coach of a voluntary school, he admitted that his energy might not be enough, and he would have to draw on mental strength to push through for the duration of the campaign period.
Also on the other hand, Wong also ended up on the ground with various programs immediately after the nomination.
"I will focus more on door-to-door visits to personally meet the electorate instead of holding on to it ceramah because the atmosphere and circumstances differ from the general election, "Wong said during an event in the Balakong Chinese New Village.
In addition to a meet-and-greet with voters at the popular C180 food court, Wong's first official ceramah saw local representatives and MPs from other states, such as Bakri MP Yeo Bee Yin and Ipoh Timur MP Wong Kah Woh on the podium speak support.
The interim elections for the seats of Balakong and Seri Setia in Selangor will be held on 8 September.
Balakong, located in the newly designated Bangi parliamentary constituency, has more than 62,000 voters, of which about 65% are Chinese.
The chair was declared vacant after Ng was killed in an accident on 20 July.
Ng had retained the state seat for a second term with a majority of 35,538 during the general elections in May of this year.