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Thursday, June 9, 2011

PKR lays out Selangor defence strategy

June 09, 2011
Muhyiddin expressed confidence BN will retake Selangor in the next general election. — file pic
KUALA LUMPUR, June 9 — PKR beat its Pakatan Rakyat (PR) partners to the draw today and revealed details of a polls strategy aimed at defending Selangor, a frontline state that Barisan Nasional (BN) is growing confident of recapturing.

Last week, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin talked up BN’s chances in Selangor for the coming polls, saying the coalition planned to recapture the state by securing at least 30 seats.

But Selangor PKR information chief Shuhaimi Shafiei claimed today that apart from retaining its eight parliamentary and 14 state seats, PKR was also gunning to boot BN from three parliamentary and seven state seats. PKR, he said, will concentrate all its campaign efforts in these areas during the run-up to the polls.

They are the Sabak Bernam, Pandan and Hulu Selangor parliamentary seats and Batang Kali, Permatang, Kuang, Semenyih, Dengkil, Sementa and Port Klang state seats.

PR currently has tenuous control over the country’s richest state and holds 36 seats in the 56-seat state assembly and 17 out of 22 parliamentary seats. A swing of seven state seats towards BN in the next general election, said likely to be held by next year, will allow the federal ruling coalition to recapture Selangor with a simple majority.

“Selangor PKR has already trained its election machinery to spread information to all voters, especially those in the Hulu Selangor parliamentary seat, in order to win back the seat which we lost to BN during the by election on April 25 last year.

“That is why there will be two prime events held in Hulu Selangor on July 1 and 10,” Shuhaimi said in a statement announcing the second phase of PKR’s “Jelajah Selangor Tawan Putrajaya” (Jelas) campaign today.

During the Hulu Selangor by-election, former Umno-turned-PKR leader Datuk Zaid Ibrahim failed to defend the previously PKR-held seat when he lost to MIC’s P. Kamalanathan by 1,725 votes. Zaid has since left PKR and is currently the president of the newly-formed Malaysian People’s Welfare Party (Kita).

Shuhaimi, who is also the Sri Muda assemblyman, claimed that according to current statistics and projections, PKR has “strong reasons” to be confident it would retain all the eight parliamentary and 14 state seats it presently holds.

“We will defend all our eight parliamentary seats and increase our vote majority even,” he said.

In Election 2008, PKR beat BN candidates in Selayang, Gombak, Ampang, Kelana Jaya, Petaling Jaya Selatan, Subang and Kapar with a combined vote majority of 44,840.

Shuhaimi also pledged that PKR would help its PR partners wrest three BN-held Malay-majority seats during the coming polls — Sungai Besar, Tanjong Karang and Sepang.

He said this is why Selangor PKR plans to launch the second phase of Jelas and its election campaign in Tanjung Karang this June 11.

“We chose Tanjung Karang because it is the parliamentary seat of Selangor Umno’s deputy chairman Datuk Seri Noh Omar.

“We are confident that this launch will be a big blow to him and Umno-BN’s entire election machinery, especially to those who are still bickering among themselves,” he said.

In the first phase of Jelas, PKR organised 33 series of ceramahs across the state with top leaders like Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Azmin Ali headlining each programme. Phase II, said Shuhaimi, will have 19 such events.


Source: Malaysian Insider

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