BEAUFORT: Tanjung Piai MP Datuk Seri Dr Wee Jeck Seng has joined in the campaigning to help shore up support for Barisan Nasional.
During his rounds, Wee urged Kimanis voters to send a protest vote against the two-year-old Pakatan Harapan and Warisan-led government for its failure to fulfil election pledges.
Wee said it was important to have a strong Opposition voice in Parliament.
“We need to highlight development issues and the people’s problems which are being neglected by the Pakatan and Warisan government.
“Tanjung Piai and Kimanis have similar issues as the voters are mainly farmers and fishermen who no longer enjoy proper government assistance amid low commodity prices.
“During my walkabouts at the shops, many told me that they were facing slower business and things were not moving. These issues are similar to my area, ” he said.
Wee urged the people to use their votes wisely to tell the government of their failures and that life has become difficult for ordinary folk in the villages.
“The government is not paying much attention to their problems. What is being done to help oil palm farmers?
“Instead of promoting palm oil and increasing sales, the minister in charge is telling the people to take a spoonful of palm oil, ” Wee said, adding that the government was also offending oil palm importing nations which did not help the situation.
He urged the voters to throw their support behind Barisan candidate Datuk Mohamad Alamin to give Sabah a stronger voice in Parliament.
In the Tanjung Piai by-election, Wee won with a record majority of over 15,000 votes against Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia candidate Karmaine Sardini in a six-cornered fight.
Wee met and spoke in a ceramah in the mainly Chinese residential area of Lampayau in Membakut as part of Barisan’s campaign to retain Kimanis, previously held by Datuk Seri Anifah Aman.
Anifah, who left Umno to become an independent in 2018, is also throwing his support to Mohamad.
Kimanis has 29,664 registered voters with Chinese making up 1,085 voters.
“Every vote is important. We will reach out to them, ” Wee said, adding that Sabah MCA was working on the ground to get in touch with the Chinese voters.
Many of these registered voters are working in Kota Kinabalu, about 80km from here.
“We hope they will come back to vote on Jan 18, which is about a week before the Chinese New Year celebrations, ” he said.
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