We can win in Bagan: Teng

We can win in Bagan: Teng

BUTTERWORTH (April 23, 2013): Although the Bagan parliamentary seat defended by DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng is regarded as a DAP stronghold, Penang Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman Teng Chang Yeow feels the community may yet be surprised.

He said this is possible because BN leaders had worked hard in the last four years to improve the welfare of people there.

"BN candidates contesting the Bagan parliamentary seat and three state seats here are known by the people because they often go down to the field," he told reporters after visiting the Bagan MCA operations centre on Monday night.

He said the BN candidate for the parliamentary seat, Chua Teik Siang, was seen as the underdog but had worked as an elected representative for over four years.

In terms of popularity, Lim is definitely popular in Bagan, which had been a DAP stronghold since 1986, but Chua is better known for his work and Teng claimed support for BN is rising in the Chinese community.

Teng said BN is optimistic about fielding a new face as he claimed the public are fed up with DAP's failure to fulfil the 2008 manifesto which included scrapping the Sungai Nyior toll.

The Bagan parliamentary seat sees a three-cornered fight between Lim, Chua and Parti Cinta Malaysia (PCM) candidate Lim Kim Chu. The constituency has 59,385 voters.

Three state seats – Bagan Dalam, Bagan Jermal and Sungai Puyu – held by DAP representatives will see a four-cornered, three-cornered and straight fight, respectively.

The Bagan Dalam state seat will be contested by BN's Karuppanan M. Malairaja, Tanasekharan Autherapady (DAP), Lim Seang Teik (PCM) and Independent candidate Asoghan Govindaraju.

In Bagan Jermal, BN candidate Tan Chuan Hong will face Lim Hock Seng (DAP) and Lim Kim Chu (PCM) while BN's Sum Yoo Keong and DAP's Phee Boon Poh will contest in Sungai Puyu.

Meanwhile, Chua said that in his four years of going down to the field, he had found that the people are sick of the DAP-led state government which had done nothing but condemn the BN's efforts.

He referred to the state government's failure to increase the number of Chinese schools in Bagan to cater to the increasing need, as well lack of planning for economic development and low-cost housing.

He also expressed doubts about the sudden decision to build an undersea tunnel to overcome traffic congestion in Penang.

"Why are they rushing to carry out the project? If they have RM6.3 billion, why don't they build low-cost homes in Bagan and a monorail which are more realistic and beneficial for the people," he queried. – Bernama

Source: http://www.thesundaily.my/news/677977

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