Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties are working full force to wrest the Pandan parliamentary seat from PKR in the general election.
Pandan MCA chief Datuk Leong Kok Wee said there has been an encouraging shift in perception towards BN especially in the last three years.
“Five years ago people were quite hostile and angry when we visited them.
“However, now there are big changes as they are friendly and welcoming,” Leong said, adding there were huge turnouts for any programmes organised by the Government.
Leong attributed the shift to the hard work done by BN leaders and members in the area.
He cited issues like the misuse of a community hall in Taman Putra, championing the building of a Chinese school in Lembah Maju and disapproval over a commercial project in Taman Muda.
During a press conference, Leong also hit out at Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli’s recent statement that PKR could retain the seat with ease.
“He (Rafizi) was reported as saying that even if they put a cat to contest, it can win. So, not a problem. Pandan is a strong PKR seat.”
“Do not underestimate and insult Pandan residents.
“If Rafizi had been working at the grassroots level, he would know that the people of Pandan are not satisfied with the service provided by him and his party,” said Leong, who is tipped to be the BN candidate for Pandan.
He added there had been a disconnect between PKR and the people of Pandan since the last general election.
“If I am chosen by the leadership, my fate will be decided by the people, whether they still want me to continue serving them here,” he said.
Rafizi, who is also the PKR vice-president, is not eligible to stand in the general election after being found guilty of leaking confidential banking details belonging to the National Feedlot Corporation in March 2012.
On Feb 7, the Shah Alam Sessions Court imposed a 30-month jail sentence on Rafizi and former bank clerk Johari Mohamad.
The court has allowed a stay of execution pending appeal.
Under Article 48 (1) (e) of the Federal Constitution, an elected representative loses his seat if he is jailed for at least a year or fined a minimum of RM2,000.
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