GEORGE TOWN: After being called the Chief Minister’s ‘blue-eyed’ boy by Penang Barisan Nasional chairman Teng Chang Yeow, Tanjong Bunga DAP candidate Zairil Khir Johari hit back at Teng, asking if he would stand up against the Prime Minister.
“Teng can call me whatever he wants but I have no problems in voicing out the concerns of the people.
“That is what I have been doing for the last five years as MP of Bukit Bendera,” he told a press conference during his walkabout in Tanjong Bunga market yes-terday.
He was responding to the remark by Teng, who is among the four candidates contesting in Tanjong Bunga.
Teng, who called Zairil a ‘blue-eyed boy’ of the Chief Minister, had questioned Zairil’s ability to voice out on the concerns faced by Tanjong Bunga people especially on environmental issues in his press conference on Saturday.
Zairil said he has raised many national issues concerning the people including on hudud which even got him labelled as ‘anti-Islam’.
“This is despite the fact that when I did that, some came out with posters of me and put me as ‘anti-Islam’ and pasted it all over Penang.
“Online (users) also attacked me and said I am anti-Malay, but on matter of principle I believe it is the stand of my voters. So, I have no problem in standing up for what is right,” he said.
He then directed the same question to Teng and asked if he dared to stand up against Najib.
He said there were many concerns shared by those staying in Tanjong Bunga on policies such as GST and the cost of living and 1MDB.
“He (Teng) said I don’t dare to stand up against my boss, (but) the question is whether he dares to stand up for the voice of the people?” asked Zairil.
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