Monday, October 10, 2011

PR denies urban electorate as fixed deposit

Source: (By ASRUL HADI ABDULLAH SANI, 10.10.2011)
Pakatan Rakyat (PR) Federal Territory lawmakers in Kuala Lumpur have denied urban constituencies have become the Opposition's stronghold after 2008. The parliamentarians believe the electorate must not be taken for granted and admitted Barisan Nasional (BN) will go all-out to regain the seats in the upcoming snap polls, speculated to be early next year.
Segambut DAP MP Lim Lip Eng said the 2008 results should not be used as backdrop for the 12th general election. “It is possible for them to capture the seats. We cannot take Umno lightly. I always tell my party members to never take BN lightly because anything can happen in politics," he told The malay Mail. “Overnight, the vote can swing to the other side. The best preparation we can do is to do our best and not just give lip service. This is important because BN will come down hard this time and will use every resource available."
PKR Batu MP Chua Tian Chang said PR must work hard to inform the public to counter BN's election machinery. “I won’t dare to say it (federal territory seats) is fixed deposits because urban voters are very knowledgeable. So if the prime minister wants the seats back then he do something substantial,” he said. Tian said the PR was able to win in the last election because the public wanted a proper check and balance in the country's administration.
Lembah Pantai PKR lawmaker Nurul Izzah Anwar also stressed the seats wouldl be determined by issues and not a leader’s popularity. “The level of PR’s continued success hinges upon two key issues. Our promise to implement minimum wage and BN’s hesitance in do so immediately and the implementation of goods and services tax which is in the order of bills to be tabled in parliament but not addressed in BN’s budget,” she said.

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