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PJ Selatan parliamentary seat winnable: BN's Sheah

PETALING JAYA: Barisan Nasional candidate for the Petaling Jaya Selatan parliamentary seat Sheah Kok Fah said the seat was winnable.

He said he hoped to have a fair contest against his opponents in the coming general election.

Sheah, 48, is one of three candidates vying for the seat which was formerly held by PKR’s Hee Loy Sian.

Hee will be looking to defend the seat against the challenge coming from Sheah and independent Ibrahim Khatib.

“Now that the nomination process is over, I can concentrate on campaigning. With the work done here so far by BN, I am fully confident that we can win back this seat,” Sheah told reporters at Dewan Sivik MBPJ here yesterday.
Sheah, who is currently the Petaling Jaya Utara MCA Youth chief, added that he was a localised resident in the constituency despite being born and bred in Seremban, Negri Sembilan.

“After studying law in Universiti Malaya, I lived in Petaling Jaya and contributed towards the community for many years,” he said.
Meanwhile, Hee echoed Sheah, saying he was very confident of his chances of retaining the seat after serving the people here for the past five years.

“I am fully confident that I will keep the seat… For the past five years, I had managed to solve various local issues by bringing them up in Parliament,” said the burly politician, who works as an air-conditioning engineer.
Hee, who is a Physics major from Universiti Malaya, said he could take on his opponents armed with his proven track record.

“Everyone has a right to contest and I respect that. I hope all of us will contest the seat fair and square,” the 43-year-old said, adding that he had known Sheah for quite some time.
Ibrahim said he wanted to contest in the Petaling Jaya Selatan parliamentary seat to represent the 40,000-strong Malay community there.

“Many people where I live (Taman Medan) felt that a Malay should contest here, so I took up the challenge and here I am,” he said, adding that he was confident of garnering enough votes to put up a good fight.

“I am confident that I can regain my RM10,000 deposit at least. If I win, I would only like to serve one term and groom younger leaders to take over the helm when I retire.”

The 58-year-old, a former Puchong Umno Youth deputy chief in the 1980s, said he was a well-known face among the community as he had contributed consistently via non-governmental organisations.

Meanwhile, the Bukit Gasing state seat, which falls under the Petaling Jaya Selatan parliamentary constituency, will feature a four-cornered fight between BN, DAP and two independents.

Juan Sei Chang (BN), Rajiv Rishyakaran (DAP), Simon Lee and former journalist Mak Khuin Weng are all political greenhorns who have hopes to put the local developmental issues there to an end.

Lee is the son of the late Edward Lee, who was the former Bukit Gasing state assemblyman who died two years ago. Mak meanwhile was a former Petaling Jaya local councillor.

Another state seat, Taman Medan, will be contested by five candidates from BN, PKR and three independents.
PKR’s Haniza Talha, a former editor of an online portal, is looking to defend her seat while Datuk Dr Wahab Ibrahim of BN was the state assemblyman in Taman Medan from 2004 to 2008.

The three independents contesting there are first-timers Johan Asik Shah and Muhammad Zarkasyi Zulkarnain and Kamarul Jaman Seeni Mohideen, who is contesting for the second time.

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