Having a laugh: Liow (left) and Dr Wee (second left) sharing a light moment with Kajang resident Leow Kon Ching during the walkabout around Jalan Besar, Kajang, while Chew looks on.
KAJANG: Wanita PKR chief Zuraida Kamaruddin has insulted women when she questioned the candidacy of Barisan Nasional’s Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun in the Kajang by-election, and called her the coalition’s scapegoat, said MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
He said Chew, also an MCA vice-president, was a trusted and senior leader with a good track record in her work and service to the people.
Zuraida had insulted women, he said, adding that Kajang voters should teach PKR a lesson by rejecting PKR leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in the by-election.
Liow said Zuraida, by insinuating that Anwar would win, also showed the arrogance of PKR.
“The PKR, by declaring victory before nomination, goes to show they have complete disregard for democracy and no respect for Kajang voters,” he said after meeting Kajang folks in the town and meeting MCA leaders and members at the party’s operations room in Bukit Angkat here yesterday.
On Friday, Barisan deputy chairman Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced Chew’s candidacy at the coalition’s headquarters in PWTC, Kuala Lumpur.
Chew, 50, was formerly a Petaling Jaya Utara MP, senator and Women, Family and Community Development deputy minister. She is also a former Wanita MCA national chairman and Selangor Wanita MCA chief.
An online news portal yesterday quoted Zuraida as claiming that Barisan had fielded Chew so that she takes the blame should she lose the seat on March 23.
MCA deputy president Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong said Zuraida had no respect for women.
Barisan’s choice of candidate was none of her business, said Dr Wee who would take charge of MCA’s campaign.
Chew said she would unveil how she could make life better for Kajang folk in her manifesto.
Unfazed by Zuraida’s criticism, Chew said she would work hard to get the voters’ support and gain their confidence that she would always be there for them when given the mandate.
She acknowledged that the by-election was a very tough but meaningful battle for her.