BEAUFORT: Barisan Nasional’s Tanjung Piai by-election winner Datuk Seri Dr Wee Jeck Seng has joined the Kimanis campaign, urging voters to send a protest message against the two-year-old Pakatan Harapan and Warisan governments for failing to deliver on their promises.
Campaigning to woo Chinese voters in the south-western Sabah district, Wee said that it was important to have a strong opposition voice in Parliament to highlight development issues and problems that were neglected by the Pakatan and Warisan governments.
He said the people of Tg Piai and Kimanis had similar issues as they were mainly farmers and fishermen who no longer enjoyed proper government assistance amid low commodity prices.
“During my walkabouts at the shops, they told me they’re facing slower business, and this is not good. These issues are similar to my area, ” said Wee, who was a crowd puller, and with many wanting to take wefies with him during a ceramah on Thursday (Jan 9) night.
The Tanjung Piai MP said it was a chance to tell the government about their failures and how life had become difficult for ordinary folk in the villages of Malaysia.
“The government is not paying much attention to their problems. Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok – what is she doing to help oil palm farmers?
"She is supposed to promote our palm oil and increase sales; instead, she is telling people to take a spoonful of palm oil, ” Wee said, adding that the Pakatan government was also quarrelling with palm oil-importing nations.
“Kimanis voters should vote for Barisan candidate Datuk Mohamad Alamin to put a strong Sabah voice in Parliament, ” said Wee, who recorded a 15,000-over majority victory in Tanjung Piai.
He was speaking in the mainly Chinese residential area of Lampayau in Membakut here as part of Barisan’s campaign to win back their stronghold long held by Datuk Seri Anifah Aman, who left Umno to become an independent in 2018.
Mohamad, who is backed by Anifah, is in a straight fight with Warisan’s Datuk Karim Bujang in the constituency of 29,664 voters, with the Chinese making up some 1,085 voters, ethnic Brunei Malays around 20,000 voters and Kadazandusuns comprising the rest.
“Every vote is important. We will reach out for their support, ” Wee said when asked if the Chinese could be a factor in the by-election.
“It’s very important. We can’t leave any voter out, and every person counts and could make a difference, ” he said.
He added that Sabah MCA was working on the ground to get in touch with Chinese voters.
“They are in touch with local community leaders and trying to locate the voters, ” he said, adding that many of the Chinese voters of Kimanis were in Kota Kinabalu, about 80km from here.
“We hope voters will come back to vote as there are some concerns since the Jan 18 polls is just about a week before the Jan 25 Chinese New Year celebrations.
“The Chinese community leaders will talk to their family members to return, ” he said.