CAMERON HIGHLANDS: Ongoing court cases or not, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is obliged to "turun padang" (meet the people) during the Cameron Highlands by-election to campaign because he is a Pahang local.
Sembrong MP Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Hussein said even though the former prime minister faced many charges in court, he was still highly regarded by the people of Pahang.
"Datuk Seri Najib has to be here because he is from Pahang. If there was a by-election in Johor, I will definitely not ignore it.
"Sure, the ongoing court cases are one thing, but the people of Pahang still view him (Najib) as a son of Pahang.
"He is a former leader, and he was also once the Pahang Mentri Besar. So why should there be any issue of him coming down to campaign?
"It is his state," Hishamuddin said to reporters after meeting army veterans for breakfast at Felda Sungai Koyan 2 here.
"In fact, as a Pahang boy, he should be here earlier, before me," he joked.
Hishamuddin, a former defence minister, is here on a day-long campaign trail for the Cameron Highlands by-election, while Najib is expected on Thursday (Jan 17) for a three-day campaign programme.
During his round, Hishamuddin urged army veterans to vote for Barisan Nasional's candidate Ramli Mohd Nor as a message to the federal government.
"It has been nine months, but there has not been any plans from the Defence Ministry regarding the welfare of our veterans.
"When I was defence minister, the agenda of our veterans was something close to my heart.
"Health, children's education, housing... if the federal government wants to get rid of policies from my time, then it must be replaced with something that is better.
"The Cameron Highlands by-election is a golden opportunity for the veterans to bring their voice to parliament.
"If Ramli (Mohd Nor, the Barisan candidate) wins, I will make sure that he raises the plight of veterans in the Dewan Rakyat," said Hishammuddin.