Veteran MP banks on track record for election

Shahrir (centre, in white) flagging off cyclists in the BMX bicycle challenge here in Johor Baru.

JOHOR BARU: Veteran MP Tan Sri Shahrir Abdul Samad is banking on his track record as an MP, Felda chairman, Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairman, and minister to continue winning in Johor Baru in the general election.

He said Barisan Nasional had a better track record when it came to delivering its promises.

Shahrir said the people could see and evaluate the performance of Barisan-led states in the past decade.

“In my constituency, we work towards empowering the local community and getting people involved in residents associations, local councils and the councillors.

“We do not over promise and under deliver,” he said after launching a BMX bicycle challenge here.

He added that Barisan had fulfilled more than 90% of all its past election promises.

He advised people to not be deceived into believing there would be better governance and transparency if Pakatan Harapan came into power in GE14.

Shahrir said when he was PAC chairman between 2004 and 2008, people scrutinised many mega projects implemented during Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s time.

“There was a dire lack of good governance back then.”

Shahrir, a six-term MP, said while talk was easy for politicians, what mattered was what they did when they were in power.

He disparaged Pakatan Harapan-led states of Selangor and Penang for having “grand ideas” with no success in implementation.

Among the ideas were the Penang Undersea Tunnel Project and the water issue in Selangor.

“Where is Pakatan’s report card? What have they achieved in Johor?”

“In their first term, they spoke about having local council elections. When that failed, they appointed NGOs and activists as councillors.

“Now in their second term, the Selangor government has appointed their party officials as councillors.

“The same problem happened in Penang where some of their outspoken activist councillors resigned,” he added.

Shahrir said in GE13, one of his election promises was to empower the community, which he has achieved.

He added this could be tracked based on the number of residents associations formed in his constituency, upgrading works and projects by the local council and effectiveness of the councillors in helping the community.

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