KLUANG: Kluang MCA division chief Gan Ping Sieu and his deputy Chin Sim Lai appealed for general election campaigning here to be centred around manifestos for the constituency, rather than gutter politics.
Gan, who is the Barisan Nasional candidate for the Kluang parliamentary seat, said Kluang had always been a peaceful town.
“We don’t want gutter politics to take place here. We expect comparisons on what we have planned for the town, or our track records as socio-political activists,” said Gan.
He said “divisive politics” had created divisions in his hometown.
“The communities and voters are radicalised.
“In our own chat groups, there are arguments between spouses, classmates and friends. Everyone becomes unpleasant towards each other,” he said.
Chin, who is contesting the Mengkibol state seat under Kluang, said the opposition should not deviate candidates to fish for votes.
“They need to let the Kluang voters decide with a clear mind.
“Instead of being clouded by emotions, they should make a sound choice,” said Chin.
Gan, Chin and Mahkota state seat candidate Datuk Md Jais Sarday launched their manifesto for Kluang, which encompasses the town and its immediate areas.
When queried about their reception from Kluang voters, Gan said the support from the Malay community was still strong and Indian voters had warmed up to him, as observed during his walkabouts.
“After GE13, a lot of rifts developed in the Chinese community. Both sides have their hardcore supporters but it’s the middle-ground voters that will compare our track record and pledges,” said Gan.