Umno Youth national vice-head Datuk Razali Ibrahim said the outcome of the operation focusing on these groups in the past three days had shown positive signs that they were beginning to accept the BN.
The party would give special emphasis with several strategies to get bigger support from the younger generation and fence-sitters, he told reporters after attending a gathering with 24 Umno Youth branch heads from the Permatang Pauh division, here.
Razali, who is also Deputy Youth and Sports Minister, said the by-election could also be used as a guide for the BN in evaluating to what extent the 1Malaysia concept had been accepted and understood by the multi-racial community in the constituency.
The by-election is called following the death of incumbent assemblyman Datuk Mohd Hamdan Abdul Rahman of PAS on July 31.
In the by-election, the Barisan Nasional, represented by the Permatang Pauh Umno division secretary, Rohaizat Othman, 38, will face the Penang PAS commissioner, Mohd Salleh Man, 52.
There are 20,290 voters in Permatang Pasir.