Saturday, February 14, 2009

Internal fighting within BN on fielding candidates for by-election - Malaysiakini

IPOH: Barisan Nasional members have to put aside all their differences and unite to stand a winning chance in the Bukit Gantang and Bukit Selambau by-elections.

Perak MCA adviser Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan said this was not the time to become ‘individualistic’ or a fight about fielding their own candidates. “We must work together and work hard in order to stand a winning chance. What’s important is our team spirit,” he told reporters on Friday night after attending the Perak Senior Citizens Association's Chinese New Year celebration.

Ong pointed out that Bukit Gantang was traditionally a Barisan stronghold until the late MP Roslan Shaharom took the parliamentary seat with a 1,566-vote majority in the 12th general election last year.

To a question, Ong said independent Jelapang assemblyman Hee Yit Foong had not approached MCA to join the party.

Asked if he felt that Chenderiang assemblyman and newly appointed state executive councillor Dr Mah Hang Soon of MCA was handling too many portfolios, Ong said:

“Well, he is young and he should be able to handle that many. MCA will be at hand to help him. His duties should allow him to help create job opportunities.”

Dr Mah’s portfolio involves health, local government, environment, consumer affairs, public transport and non-Islamic affairs.

Noting that Pakatan Rakyat would likely play up public sentiment following the return of Perak to Barisan Nasional, Ong said this was not the time to play politics.

“I don’t see the point in fighting because it will not benefit anyone. The most important thing now is figuring out how to create jobs and facing the immediate challenge of the global recession.

“This is something very serious. Whoever wants to go to court, let them go to court. Somebody still needs to sit down and do work,” he added.

He was referring to former Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin filing a suit to challenge the legitimacy of his successor Datuk Dr Zambry Abd Kadir and the new state Barisan government.

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