GUA MUSANG: The people in Galas take a deep interest in local and national issues, MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek said.
He said that folks here would decide their votes based on how they evaluated local issues, from daily problems such as how fast land titles were renewed to how they felt about national development. He also said that national development would also benefit the people including those in Pakatan-led state. He assured Galas voters that Barisan Nasio nal would ensure no states were left behind in the country’s development.
“The Federal Government has identified a piece of land to build low-cost houses here, the first such housing scheme in Kelantan. This is proof of Barisan’s commitment,” he told reporters after meeting several Chinese non-governmental organisations here yesterday.
On the upgrading of SJK(C) Pulai with eight more classrooms, he said Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong had set up a committee to calculate the cost.
Dr Chua said he was confident of the Chinese support for Barisan.Later, Dr Chua, Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen, Deputy Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Minister Chua Tee Yong as well as Barisan candidate Abdul Aziz Yusof visited a Thai Buddhist temple – Wat Gua Musang Wat Uthis Sak Thammo Wararam – in Kampung Chegar Bongor.
Yesterday, Bandar MCA branch chairman Tan Guan Cheng handed over 140 member application forms to Dr Chua and pledged the branch’s undivided support for the Barisan.
Eighty of the 140 applicants were voters in the Galas constituency.
Dr Chua said there were more restrictions living in an Islamic state, apart from not being allowed to consume non-halal food.
“We (MCA) have translated the PAS Constitution, and we want the Chinese to look at it. They do not understand the implications,” he said here last night.
Dr Chua said the outcome of the Galas by-election would be an indication of the Chinese community’s support for the Barisan; and also support for the various transformation plans and changes under Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s leadership.
“It will indicate the community’s support for the current MCA leadership,” he added.
THE STAR (Friday October 29, 2010)