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Price check: Muhyiddin finding out the price of coconut milk from trader Ahmad Abdullah, 28, at the Seksyen 1 wet market in Bangi. — Bernama
BANGI: Barisan Nasional will not provide an easy passage to other candidates contesting in the Kajang by-election after the state seat has been vacated by its incumbent assemblyman.
Its deputy chairman Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said that although the seat was won by PKR in last year’s general election, voters in the area were being given another chance to select their representative.
“There are those who feel that there’s no need (for Barisan) to contest the seat but personally I feel, based on our usual practice, we should provide voters in Kajang with a choice of candidates.
“I don’t think we should make it easy for the Opposition candidate, whether he is (Datuk Seri) Anwar Ibrahim or someone else,” he told a news conference after making a surprise check on prices of goods in Section 16, Bandar Baru Bangi here, yesterday.
On Barisan’s choice of candidate for the by-election, Muhyiddin, who is Deputy Prime Minister, said traditionally, the Kajang constituency had been an MCA seat, but the final decision rested with the Prime Minister after discussing with leaders of other component parties.
Lee Chin Cheh, a lawyer, won the seat with a 6,824-vote majority in a six-cornered fight against Barisan, Berjasa and three independent candidates in the 13th general election last May.
On the schooling of four children of the Malaysian couple who are still detained in Sweden for alleged child abuse, Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister, said the Kelantan Education Department had issued a letter to enable them to continue their schooling in Malaysia.
“Their schooling is not a problem for us. We will allow them to go to schools near their place of residence.
“If they are not proficient in Bahasa Melayu, they will be given some special attention,” he said.
The four siblings, Aishah, 14, Ammar, 12, Adam, 11, and Arif Azizul Raheem, seven, arrived at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport from Stockholm last Saturday morning to be taken care of by their relatives in Malaysia. — Bernama
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