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Tuesday April 16, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Friday April 26, 2013 MYT 12:00:03 AM
by jarod lim
THE Teratai state seat in Selangor is likely to see a three-cornered fight in the 13th general election.
Pandan Perdana Residents’ Association chairman Lim Ah Chai has confirmed that he would be running as an independent candidate.
“I have been staying in the constituency for 22 years and I have been monitoring the community problems here.
“There are still a lot of community issues that remain unresolved in the area. This is why I chose to contest in the general election,” he said.
Lim will be holding a press conference to highlight his manifesto at his office in Pandan Perdana today.
Meanwhile, incumbent Teratai assemblyman Jenice Lee said she hoped to defend the seat for DAP amidst speculation that the party will be fielding a new candidate.
Lee declined to comment about her next course of action if she was dropped by the party for the Teratai seat.
“The candidates can only be confirmed once it is announced by the party leadership,” she said.
Asked whether she would run as an independent candidate if somebody else was named to contest under the DAP for Teratai, Lee declined to comment.
Meanwhile, more than 20 market traders showed support for Lee in the morning market near the Jalan Bunga Mawar and Jalan Bunga Mawar 4 intersection in Taman Muda yesterday.
Lee said she was not aware of the gathering.
“I did not know about this. Recently, some of the residents have taken their own initiative to show their support for me and I am grateful,” she said.
Trader Chong Ah Kung said Lee had helped the traders a lot.
“If the party chooses to field someone else for Teratai, the people will not feel confident about the new candidate.
“I have sought her assistance on several occasions. She is sincere in tackling the community’s problems,” he said.
One of the supporters also mentioned that the party should take into consideration the residents’ interests when selecting the candidates.
“It is the residents’ choice to vote for their assemblyman. The party should look at the services she has provided to the residents.
“We hope that the party will allow her to defend the Teratai seat,” said 70-year-old retiree, Lee Kim Foh.
However, Eddy Woo, who is also a trader in the Taman Muda morning market, disagreed and said several problems were unresolved during Jenice’s tenure.
“The Taman Muda morning market has existed since 1980 and it is one of the largest markets in the Klang Valley.
“However, the traffic along the main road remains congested,” he said.
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