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'Outsider' vs local in Bagan Serai fight

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BAGAN SERAI: The name of Parti Keadilan Rakyat candidate Dr Muhd Nur Manuty is probably better known to some Malaysians than that of Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali.

But the latter, who is the Barisan Nasional candidate for the Bagan Serai parliamentary seat, is confident that he is far more popular with the constituents.

At the Kampung Masjid Tinggi morning market here yesterday, Dr Noor Azmi said he was better known among the local community as he had lived and run Poliklinik Hidayah there for 23 years.

"In Bagan Serai, my name is well known because many of the folk there have sought treatment at my clinic.

"I have lived here for 23 years; I have not just recently come to rent a house here," he said in a clear reference to Nur, who had rented a house here because he was contesting the parliamentary seat.

Dr Noor Azmi, who is contesting for the seat for the first time, said he was confident that BN would be able to wrest back the parliamentary seat in the 13th General Election based on the warm reception he had received from the local community.

Meanwhile, Nur, who was making his rounds at the morning market at almost the same time, said he stayed in Bagan Serai four days and Kuala Lumpur three days a week.

Nur, who is from Bangi, Selangor, said he would buy a house here and set up a schedule to serve the people if he were elected by the people.

He admitted that internal bickering among factions in Bagan Serai PKR division had forced him to seek assistance from the Taiping PKR division for his campaign here.

"It is not uncommon to seek assistance from other divisions; it is a non-issue," he said

It was reported that Bagan Serai PKR division members were also unhappy that Nur, an "outsider", was chosen as the party candidate for the constituency instead of a local. By Roshidi Abu Samah


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