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Friday, 29 August 2014

Learn from Selangor woes, voters urged

Engaging the people: Wee meeting with members of the Siamese community at Kampung Jubakar Darat in Tumpat, Johor.

Engaging the people: Wee meeting with members of the Siamese community at Kampung Jubakar Darat in Tumpat, Johor.

TUMPAT: Pengkalan Kubor voters, especially the Chinese and Siamese constituents, have been urged to reject the PKR or PAS candidate in the upcoming by-election.

MCA deputy president Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong said Pakatan Rakyat’s inconsistent and unstable leaders would end up making a mockery of the votes given to them.

“Look at what’s happening in Selangor. The voters were duped into voting for Pakatan in the 13th general election and now the people have a hung government over the mentri besar issue.

“We have almost the same scenario here, where PAS is trying to wrest the Pengkalan Kubor seat from PKR, whom they have belittled as having no chance of winning the seat from Barisan Nasional.

“Pakatan is a loose coalition and not registered as a single entity like BN. And unlike Pakatan, we will give full support to any candidate chosen by Umno to contest the seat,” Dr Wee told reporters after visiting Chinese and Siamese constituents at Kampung Jubakar Darat here yesterday.

With him were Kelantan MCA deputy chairman Tan Ken Ten and secretary Datuk Lua Choon Hann.

The Election Commission will announce the nomination and polling dates for the Pengkalan Kubor by-election today.

The state seat fell vacant following the death of BN’s Datuk Noor Zahidi Omar on Aug 20. He had defeated PKR’s Saharun Ibrahim by a 1,736-vote majority.

Saharun lamented during the recent PKR annual congress that internal sabotage had led to his loss, while state Dewan Muslimat chief Siti Zailah Mohd Yusof suggested that a PAS candidate be fielded to increase Pakatan’s chance of winning the seat, which has belonged to Umno for three terms.

Dr Wee, who is also a Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, said almost 90% of the Chinese and Siamese voters, numbering more than 1,500, had staunchly supported BN for the last three terms.

He promised that BN would always bring development to the area.

“In 2010, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak pledged a RM200,000 annual allocation to 16 Siamese schools in Kelantan to get more people to learn the language. I want to assure that the allocation will go on as scheduled. BN will never renege on its promises,” he added.

Tags / Keywords: Politics , Pengkalan Kubor by election , Barisan Nasional , MCA , Wee Ka Siong


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