THE warm welcome received by Datuk Seri Zainuddin Maidin while on his campaign rounds in Sungai Petani showed the people’s continued support for the Barisan Nasional.
“I get very warm welcome wherever I go, especially from the Chinese. They show their loyalty to the Barisan,” he said.
“I don’t have much negative reports. They say, if they vote PKR (Parti Keadilan Rakyat), they are voting for the losers. The Chinese are very practical minded people,” he said while on his election rounds at the pasar tani at Jalan Petri.
Zainuddin Maidin, 69, the incumbent Merbok MP, is contesting the Sungai Petani parliamentary constituency against Keadilan’s Johari Abdul.
Sungai Petani parliamentary seat has three state seats – Pantai Merdeka, Bakar Arang and Sidam - all held by Barisan.
Incumbent Bakar Arang MCA assemblyman Datuk Soon Kok Wah is contesting the same seat again in a three-cornered fight against Keadilan’s Tan Wei Shu and independent candidate Lim Pok Long.
Three-term assemblyman and State Gerakan chief Datuk Fong Chok Gin, is contesting against Tan Chow Kang from PKR in Sidam while Pantai Merdeka incumbent Dr Shuib Saedin is contesting the same seat against Abdullah Jusoh from PAS.
Sungai Petani has 20,296 voters, of which 40% are Chinese, 39% Malays, 20.2% Indians and 0.8% others.
Zainuddin said he had solved some of the problems, which included clogged drains in Taman Keladi and flooding in Pengkalan Lebai Man.
“I got assurance from Sungai Petani Municipal Council president (Adzmi Din) and Kuala Muda district officer (Datuk Khazali Din) that they will work with me to help solve the problems,” he said.
Singer Jamal Abdillah also met traders and people together with Zainuddin yesterday.
Petty trader Rohana Ayob, 27, who sells toys at the pasar tani, said her business had picked up over the last two years.
“I am happy that we are able to live peacefully in the country.
“I am always for stability and continued development,” she said.