Uncle Kentang says he's not chickening out of debate


SEMENYIH: Independent candidate in the Semenyih by-election Kuan Chee Heng (pic) says he will take part in the debate organised by Bersih 2.0 for candidates. 

Kuan, also known as Uncle Kentang, dismissed speculation about him having “chickened out” of the debate. 

“There are rumours on the media that I chickened out, but I’ll be there. God willing, I’ll be there,” he told reporters at the media centre near here on Tuesday (Feb 19). 

However, he said he was not looking to engage in a political war of words with other contestants.

He said he viewed the debate as a platform to discuss ways to help the people. 

“It’s not a debate actually. It’s about looking for solutions (for the people). 

"What you are looking at is sharing experience, taking notes with each other. 

“We don’t campaign as political (contestants), but we campaign to find solutions for the people, for the betterment of the quality of life in Malaysia,” he said. 

Bersih 2.0's plan is to conduct a debate for the candidates at the University of Nottingham Malaysia on Feb 25. 

On whether he would declare his assets like Parti Sosialis Malaysia candidate Nik Aziz Afiq Abdul, Kuan said he had nothing to hide. 

“Everyone already knows what assets I have. I have ambulance assets and 10-sen taxi assets. It’s the assets of the people,” he said, referring to the taxi and ambulance services he provides. 

When asked why he only officially kickstarted his campaign trail on Monday (Feb 18), Kuan said he had been busy making plans for his campaign. 

He also said that his election machinery would only be launched this Friday (Feb 22) as he and his 40-odd volunteers did not have the same resources as political parties. 

“We have to be like the ‘police’, we have to move in a way that is organised and systematic,” said the former cop. 

He added that he planned to focus on solving issues for voters in Semenyih and did not want to spend too extravagantly on election materials. 

“For example, one election flag can buy you a 5kg bag of rice,” he said, adding that he would rather use his money to help those in need.