Lembah Pantai is behind BN, says Zahid

KUALA LUMPUR: A survey shows that half the voters in Lembah Pantai will support Barisan Nasional in the general election, says Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

“The winds of change is blowing in Lembah Pantai with 50.89% of voters saying they will back Barisan in the coming polls,’’ the Deputy Prime Minister declared in a meeting with residents at Desa Aman police quarters here yesterday.

Dr Ahmad Zahid, who did not reveal the source of the survey, said 74.5% of those surveyed agreed that Barisan provided assistance and services to residents here.

“And 70% of the voters felt that only a Barisan government can secure a better future for them,” he added.

The DPM also took a veiled swipe at PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar, the incumbent Lembah Pantai MP.

“The survey also showed that 75.3% of pledges made by the person representing Lembah Pantai were not fulfilled,” he added.

He gave an assurance that he would personally oversee the constituency if the “local boy” won, in apparent reference to Datuk Seri Raja Nong Chik Zainal Abidin whom Nurul Izzah narrowly beat in 2013.

There are 60,336 voters in the constituency.

Dr Ahmad Zahid also had good news for the residents when he said that the Desa Aman police quarters would be repainted and its lifts repaired.

He said plans were also underway to build multi-storey carparks in Sri Pantai, Kerinchi and Kampung Limau.

Meanwhile, Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin said the Wing would propose more fresh faces to be candidates in the general election.

“There will be a few incumbents but most of our candidates will be those who haven’t contested before,” he told reporters after chairing the Umno Youth Exco meeting at PWTC here yesterday.

Khairy said he hoped that the number of candidates from Umno Youth “will not be lesser” than the previous polls.

He said the meeting was to finalise the Wing’s preparations for the coming polls, and declared that its election machinery was “100% ready.”