Let MCA contest Kepong

On February 12, 2011, in In The News

Kepong Umno will buck the trend and lobby for MCA during the meet-the-Prime Minister session today.

Kepong Umno division chief Datuk Rizuan Hamid said MCA should contest the Kepong parliamentary seat instead of Gerakan.

“Gerakan has been contesting the seat since 1975 but it has never won. What is the point of allotting the seat to Gerakan again and again when it fails to deliver even once?” he asked.

“We believe MCA would fare better. Even if it loses, I am sure it will be able to reduce the majority as MCA is a stronger party and its machinery more organised,” he said, noting that MCA also had the support of various non-governmental organisations.

Rizuan said this would be the only issue that he would raise in the meeting with Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak at Putra World Trade Centre today.

The meeting is expected to be attended by Umno division chiefs who are not MPs, ministers, deputy ministers or mentris besar.

Of the 191 Umno division chiefs, about 57 are MPs and 66 are assemblymen.

The marathon meeting is part of Najib’s Political Transformation Programme.

Najib had already met Barisan MPs last month and elected representatives in Sarawak last week.

In the pipeline are meetings with Sabah elected representatives and Barisan assemblymen.

Padang Terap Umno division chief Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said Kedah residents were looking forward to getting aid from the Federal Government even for minor repair works and maintenance.

“The Pakatan Rakyat state government is not able to source for funds to attend to requests to repair mosques and farm roads, among others,” he said.

Mahdzir, a former mentri besar, said they would discuss ways to strengthen Umno and its machinery and wrest control of Kedah in the next general election.

Langkawi Umno division chief Datuk Nawawi Ahmad said Langkawi needed more housing projects.

“We need to cater to the expanding local population. Houses for rent are also limited, making it difficult for outsiders working in Langkawi to secure accommodation,” he said.

Teluk Bahang assemblyman Datuk Seri Hilmi Yahaya said the meeting would provide a platform for them to highlight local issues to the prime minister.

- The Star -


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