CAMERON HIGHLANDS: It’s too early to evaluate Barisan Nasional candidate Ramli Mohd Nor’s chances of success, says former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
“But from what I have observed so far and reactions from the local community, they are quite satisfied with him.
“He is a local son and someone who can represent the orang asli community as well. He can make history and emerge as a symbol of pride of the orang asli community and Cameron Highlands,” Najib said during a visit with Ramli to the Kampung Raja mosque here yesterday.
Najib added that he knew the sentiment in the constituency remained strong with his father Tun Abdul Razak Hussein, himself and Barisan.
But he warned that Barisan should not take the by-election lightly, as it seemed that Pakatan Harapan now has better finances, or at least more money than Barisan.
“I want to know where the claims counter is, maybe I can claim some petrol money from Pakatan,” Najib joked, taking a swipe at photos of volunteers in Pakatan T-shirts distributing money, which was claimed to be petrol money to reimburse volunteers.
Najib also said many locals appreciated the Barisan-led development projects that were launched in the constituency.
“The last time I was here was to launch the Sungai Ruil housing project for the orang asli, after the landslide tragedy which took place there. So it’s not true that I didn’t take care of the orang asli,” he said.
When asked about a statement by DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang that he was campaigning in Cameron Highlands in a move to return to power, Najib dismissed the idea, saying that Lim was “obsessed” with him.
He added that he came to the constituency to lend support to Ramli.