Seat request not in the Barisan spirit

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  • Tuesday, 12 Sep 2006

KUALA LUMPUR: The Kepong Umno division should not make any request for seat allocation, as it is against the Barisan Nasional spirit and can hamper cooperation among component parties in the parliamentary constituency. 

Gerakan secretary-general Datuk Seri Chia Kwang Chye said BN component parties should help each other win the seat as the candidates were contesting under the BN banner regardless of the party they represented. 

“Don’t make judgments on who is stronger. Don’t forget the concept and spirit of the BN, which is a legal and formal coalition. We are a coalition that is based on power sharing,” he told Bernama yesterday. 

He was responding to the request from Kepong Umno division that the MCA should contest the Kepong parliamentary seat in the next general election. The seat is now held by Dr Tan Seng Giaw of the DAP. 

Kepong Umno division chairman Senator Datuk Rizuan Abdul Hamid said the Gerakan had lost in Kepong in the past several general election and won only once. 

Rizuan conveyed the division’s request to Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak but Najib said such requests came up every time there was an election and no decision had been made yet. 

Meanwhile, Bandar Tun Razak MP Datuk Tan Chai Ho said he would not mind contesting in Kepong, a DAP stronghold that the BN has found hard to dent. 

“I can go anywhere to serve the people. The most important thing is to listen to the Barisan leadership,” he said when asked about the possibility of being transferred to other constituencies, like Kepong, in the next general election.  

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