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Meeting the people: Muhyiddin and Liow chatting with a senior resident while Chew looks on during a walkabout in Sg Chua, Kajang.
KAJANG: The people’s well-being is least important to Pakatan Rakyat leaders, said MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
Citing examples, he said Pakatan had ridiculed Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun, calling her a “longkang MP” because she went around to inspect the drains during her tenure as Petaling Jaya Utara MP.
This, he said, had gone to show Pakatan’s lack of concern for the well-being of the public, including their safety.
The former health minister pointed out that clogged drains and dirty surroundings posed a serious health risk to the public, and if they were left unsolved, could even turn fatal.
He added that more than 60% of dengue cases were in Selangor.
Liow accompanied Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to visit Kajang folk in Sg Chua here yesterday.
Also with them was Chew, the Barisan Nasional candidate for this by-election. MCA deputy president Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong, who heads MCA’s campaign, was on the ground as well.
PKR leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim will contest under a Pakatan ticket.
The seat fell vacant after its assemblyman Lee Chin Cheh resigned in January.
Liow said Kajang folk were plagued by a host of problems on the ground, including clogged drains, poor garbage collection and flooding.
He urged voters to give the Barisan a chance to serve them and be their voice in the state assembly.
Chew, who is an MCA vice-president, has assured the voters that she would personally tend to their problems.
Chew said she did not mind Pakatan leaders calling her “longkang MP” because she was doing her best to make life better for the people.
The DAP’s Tony Pua, a second-term Petaling Jaya Utara MP after defeating Chew in the 2008 general election, had reportedly called her a “longkang MP” before.
On Pakatan claiming victory in this by-election if it wrested Sg Chua, a predominantly Chinese community in the state seat, Liow said this showed that Pakatan was arrogant and took the Chinese support for granted.
About 9,600 of some 15,000 Chinese voters in the Kajang constituency are in Sg Chua.
Liow said Anwar, who orchestrated the by-election, only wanted to replace Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim as Selangor Mentri Besar.
Pointing out that there was a rift between Anwar and Khalid, both from the PKR, Liow said Anwar was expected to politicise the Langat 2 dam project and water crisis in the state should he become Mentri Besar.
He urged the voters not to support Anwar, whose sole aim was to become Mentri Besar and not to serve the people.
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