Quick read: Mah (second from right) being briefed on a Tamil newspaper article about himself at the breakfast session in Teluk Intan. — Bernama
TELUK INTAN: Barisan Nasional Teluk Intan parliamentary by-election candidate Datuk Mah Siew Keong has maintained that he will not accept any Cabinet post based on his appointment as a senator.
The Gerakan president said he would only accept the post if he was elected as a Member of Parliament for Teluk Intan.
“I have to work hard to win first. I already stressed that if I lose, I will not accept the offer of being a senator,” he said after joining a breakfast session with 25 non-governmental organisations representing the Indian community here yesterday.
Also present were Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also Barisan deputy chairman, and Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir.
Mah said this when asked to comment on the statement by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in China on Thursday that he would be appointed to the Cabinet if he wins in the by-election today.
Najib had said that it was customary for the president of Gerakan, a founding party of the Barisan, to be in the Cabinet.
The prime minister, who is also the Barisan chairman, said the ministry that Mah would head would be determined later.
The opposition had claimed that the people of Teluk Intan would not lose out if they voted for DAP candidate Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud as Mah would still join the Cabinet after being appointed a senator.
Meanwhile, Muhyiddin said the prime minister’s pledge to appoint Mah as a minister if he wins in the by-election was not a gimmick.
He said Mah’s inclusion in the federal Cabinet would bring spillover benefits for the constituents of Teluk Intan.
“The people should take this announcement in good faith,” Muhyiddin added.
Muhyiddin said Barisan hoped to get about 8,000 votes from the 11,000 Indians in the constituency.
“We are being realistic. But of course we hope to get a higher percentage. Every vote counts,” he said.
The constituency of Teluk Intan, which has about 60,000 voters, comprises 42% Chinese, 38% Malays, 19% Indians and the rest others.
EC: Election results to be announced by 9pm today