27Julai2017

‘DAP risks losing Gelang Patah with Malay candidate’

DAP will be at a disadvantage if it decides to field a Malay candidate in the Gelang Patah constituency in the 14th general election, said Nusajaya assemblyman Dr Zaini Abu Bakar.

He said even DAP’s incumbent MP in Gelang Patah, Lim Kit Siang, and the party were losing support among the Chinese community in Gelang Patah.

“If the BN candidate is Chinese, then the advantage will be BN’s,” said Zaini.

The first term assemblyman said he had never met Lim for the past four years despite serving the same constituents under Gelang Patah.

“Yes, he will be here (Gelang Patah) during Ramadan to distribute dates.

“But for the past four years, whenever I attended Chinese community functions, I have never seen him. He always sent his representatives,” he added.

Zaini also slammed Lim for being “only interested in looking to win a seat in Johor” in the last election and not to serve the people.

“That is his modus operandi all this while. Look for a seat with a sizeable Chinese voter population and leave after securing the seat,” Zaini said.

In GE13, Lim defeated then Johor menteri besar and BN’s Abdul Ghani Othman with a majority of 14,762 votes.

Back in GE13, the Chinese were the majority voters in Gelang Patah with 52% followed by Malays 34% and Indians 12%.

Now it is rumoured that Lim will be leaving Gelang Patah to contest in Penang and let DAP’s latest Malay leader, Datuk Zaid Ibrahim, defend the seat for DAP.-28/3/2017


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