Deputy Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak made a plea to the Chinese and Indian communities in Permatang Pauh - come back to the Barisan Nasional's fold.
MCPXHe told them to reject the opposition and vote for Umno's Arif Shah Omar Shah in the Aug 26 by-election.
And he had one more word of counsel - do not gamble with your children's future by supporting the opposition candidate who had been making false promises.
"Do not be easily hoodwinked by the opposition promises and fall for their trickery because if we were to believe them, we will be quarrelling with each other," he told members of these two communities in Permatang Pauh yesterday.
He admitted that voters from these two communities had deserted BN in the March 8 general election, blaming that on the communities being unduly influenced by the opposition.
It was time to support BN again, he said.
Permatang Pauh, a semi-urban constituency in Penang, has 58,459 voters, consisting some 69 percent Malays, 25 percent Chinese and six per cent Indians.
He promised that the BN would champion the Indian and Chinese communities' cause in the constituency as they had been neglected by the opposition.