Wednesday, March 5, 2008


SHAH ALAM, March 5 (Bernama) -- Selangor Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo is optimistic of retaining all the 22 parliamentary and 55 state seats being contested in this general election. BN has already won the Sementa state seat through Datuk Abdul Rahman Palil on nomination day.
Mohd Khir said there were indications that BN could recapture the Sekincahn and Sungai Pinang state seats which the DAP won in the previous election. He said that the BN strategy placing a more qualified candidate to win back Sekinchan namely Tanjung Karang MCA division head Puah Boon Choon and Kapar MCA Youth chief Datuk Song Kee Chai for Sg Pinang, would see positive results. Among the reasons why BN lost in Sekinchan in the 2004 election was due to the candidate, Datuk Chia Kim Lem, who was not that popular while among Sg Pinang voters, they preferred the incumbent Teng Chang Khim compared with BN candidate Khoh Siew Kim at that time. Khir himself helped to assist Puah in his door to door campaign in Sekinchan and received positive response from many voters. A similar move taken by Song in Sg Pinang had also succeeded in winning the hearts of the voters there. -- MORE


Incumbent Tanjong Sepat assemblyman Datuk Dr Karim Mansor of Barisan Nasional (BN) is confident that his constituents will remain loyal to the coalition and return him to the seat in the polls on Saturday.

“They want me to continue with the development agenda I have planned for the constituency,” he said on the feedback received after almost a week of campaigning.

Dr Karim, who is Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo’s political secretary, said that after winning the seat in the 2004 general election, he had drawn up a 15-year Master Plan for the constituency to ensure that it would develop on par with the neighbouring areas.

“They are banking their hopes on me to get the plan realised. I told them that that can be done only if the BN wins,” he added.

Dr Karim, who defeated PAS’ Sukiran Sarman with a 6,077-vote majority in the 2004 general election, will be challenged by Mohd Haslin Hassan, also from PAS.

The master plan for Tanjong Sepat would focus on agriculture, tourism and the economic sector, he said, adding that areas earmarked for the project would be categorised into three zones.

“The first zone is for development of agrotechnology, comprising Kampung Sungai Lang Baru, Lang Tengah and Sungai Kelambu, while the second, covering the coastal areas in Morib and the homestay villages is for tourism programmes.

“The third zone covers new Chinese villages for development of marine-based economic activities,” he added.

He said a new growth area in Tanjong Rhu was also in the pipeline and the proposed project would also involve building an expressway between Hulu Chuchuh and the KL International Airport in Sepang.

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