KUALA LUMPUR: As the Tanjung Piai by-election approaches, Ayer Hitam MP Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong (pic) asks whether Pakatan Harapan had forgotten about its demands for free and fair elections.
The MCA president was referring to the list of federal goodies announced by the government for the Tanjung Piai parliamentary constituency recently, which involved some RM7.3mil worth of projects in less than a week.
“Ten years ago, it started with the Bersih 2.0 campaign, they organised big demonstrations on the streets demanding for an election that is fair and just for both sides of the political divide.
“Have they forgotten about their demands? Are they repeating what they said was wrong just because they are the government now?” he asked.
Speaking to reporters in the Parliament lobby on Monday (Oct 21), Dr Wee also questioned why it took 32 days for the Election Commission to meet and set the date for the Tanjung Piai by-election candidate nomination day.
“From the first, I predicted that they needed 32 days for ministries to announce projects so it won’t be seen as bribing voters, ” he said, while drawing a comparison to the Port Dickson by-election last year, where the EC only took nine days for its meeting.
Dr Wee said that during his recent trip to Tanjung Piai, he noticed many ministers had turned up in the constituency to announce various goodies for voters.
“I went down to a village in Tanjung Piai and I met a contractor, he told me he has 10 days to complete the project quickly and he only started working on it two days prior. I want to congratulate Pakatan for this.
“But, don’t wait until an elected representative dies, then only start working. This is what voters don’t want, ” he said.
Dr Wee also appeared unfazed that Barisan could be disadvantaged in the Tanjung Piai polls due to the lack of a government machinery and goodies for voters.
“I’m going to use what they say against them. Take the money they gave you and eat the food they gave you. But when it comes to voting day, vote for the Opposition, ” he added.
Last week, Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Rina Mohd Harun announced the installation of 264 street lamps in the rural areas of Tanjung Piai for RM127,776 and grants worth RM230,000 for village chiefs.
Last Saturday (Oct 19), Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman announced the allocation of RM4mil to upgrade six futsal courts and one football field in the same parliamentary constituency.
On Monday (Oct 21), Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Salahuddin Ayub also announced an allocation of RM3mil to upgrade jetties in Tanjung Piai.