PONTIAN: Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has cautioned Tanjung Piai voters against voting out of anger as it involves the future of the constituency.
He said voters should choose their representative based on his capability in performing his duties for the people, not based on political sentiments aimed at creating hatred among the people.
“Don’t vote out of anger. If you choose anger, you won’t see developments as you hoped. Don’t vote wrongly but instead vote for the one who will be able to carry out his duty.
“With this by-election, we will be able to choose a candidate who is close to the government and can take care of Tanjung Piai.
“This people’s representative will be a bridge between you and the government. The choice we put forth is Karmaine Sardini,” he said during a Mega Ceramah in Kukup here last night which saw the attendance of over 2,000 people.
In his speech, Dr Mahathir also addressed the unhappiness among the people on the government’s performance in which he reiterated Putrajaya’s inability to deliver was due to the damage done by the previous administration.
However, he said the government was currently doing its best in addressing all issues involving the country and urged the people to give PH five years to fulfil all of its promises.
“Sometimes we don’t appreciate a good thing until it’s gone. It’s the same with our health, we always take it for granted.
“Our country is peaceful and free from any forms of pressure. This is what I mean by being healthy. Our country is healthy.
“Which is why we must appreciate this health. Now, it is up to the people to choose good or bad because you have the power to do so.
“If we don’t find out what’s happening in our country, those who are mentally unstable will be in power and we will be their victims.
Also present were Dr Mahathir’s wife, Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Parti Amanah Negara president Mohamad Sabu and DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, aside from several other Cabinet members.
During his speech, Muhyiddin said among the issues to be addressed by both the federal and state governments in Tanjung Piai would be on creating more jobs for the youths.
He said there was an effort to rebuild the tourism industry in Tanjung Piai to ensure job opportunities.
The Pagoh Member of Parliament also revealed that the state government would create a new route for ferry services at the Kukup Ferry Terminal, here.
“I have asked the Johor Menteri Besar (Datuk Dr Sahruddin Jamal) why isn’t there a ferry service to Singapore because many Singaporeans are interested in coming here for the seafood.
“The Menteri Besar said there will be a ferry service from Kukup to Singapore and it will be done as soon as possible.
“This way, when the tourism industry here is rebuilt, our youths don’t have to travel far to get jobs. They can stay here with their families,” he said in his speech.
Mohamad Sabu, on the other hand, trained his guns on the opposition parties, describing both Barisan Nasional and Pas as untrustworthy and had no specific stand on certain issues.
He said the two parties have changed their narratives during by-elections for the sake of securing votes without caring about the sentiments they employed that could cause disunity among the people.
“In Cameron Highlands (by-election), they said ‘we have to be smart in politics, vote for a Muslim candidate, we need more Muslims in the Parliament so choose a Muslim candidate for Islam.’
“But when they are in Tanjung Piai, they said ‘we have to vote for MCA, they are our friend, we have to be smart in politics although Berjasa is our friend we must vote for MCA.’
“What is this? We can’t rely on them when they keep changing their stance,” he said in his speech.
The Tanjung Piai seat fell vacant after its incumbent Datuk Dr Mohd Farid Mohd Rafik who was also deputy minister in the Prime Minister's Department, died on Sep
t 21 due to heart complications.
In the 14th general election, Dr Farid of PH won the seat after polling 21,255 votes to defeat Datuk Seri Dr Wee Jeck Seng of BN (20,731 votes) and Pas candidate Nordin Othman (2,962 votes).
The upcoming by-election will see a six-cornered fight. Aside from Karmaine and Wee, those contesting are Wendy Subramaniam (Gerakan), Datuk Dr Badhrulhisham Abdul Aziz (Berjasa) and two independent candidates, Dr Ang Chuan Lock and Faridah Aryani Abd Ghani.