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Wong Tack to contest Bentong on DAP ticket

 | March 12, 2013

DAP has endorsed Himpinan Hijau chairman Wong Tack's quest to contest in Bentong.

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KUALA LUMPUR: Himpunan Hijau chairman Wong Tack will be contesting on a DAP ticket for the Bentong parliamentary constituency in Pahang.

In announcing this, DAP said today that the move would strengthen the opposition pact’s chances of toppling the Barisan Nasional stronghold, which is currently under Health Minister Liow Tiong Lai.

“We are up against a giant in Bentong, so we cannot field in just any candidate, but a whole organisation: Himpunan Hijau,” DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said at a press conference here today.

“If Pakatan can win over Bentong, then BN will certainly fall in Putrajaya,” he said.

Wong said that if he were to become the MP for Bentong, he would ensure that the controversial rare earth plant in Kuantan would be closed down.

But he added that if Australian mining company Lynas Corp were able to comply with local procedures in setting up the plant, he would welcome it, echoing Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim’s stance.

“I’m sharing the same view as (Datuk Seri) Anwar Ibrahim. We had a discussion over this, and what he said was very true. Lynas came in our country through the back door, getting its operating licence through unusual procedure.

“If Lynas gets out from the back door, then comes through the front door, [following]  proper procedures, then why not [allow it to operate in Malaysia]?” said the vocal environmentalist.

Wong said he had chosen Bentong because it was his hometown, while the decision to contest  under DAP, instead of PAS or PKR, had been made by the Pakatan leadership.

“This will be a battle fought by Himpunan Hijau to seek a greener Malaysia, and Pakatan shares our aspiration,” he said.

Lim agreed with this, pointing out that Pakatan’s goal was not just to replace BN, but to bring about policy changes, including towards the country’s environment.

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“[Wong’s candidacy] will put more pressure on campaigns to preserve Malaysia’s environment. We need to turn Malaysia into a green country,” said Lim.

“Wong’s candidacy was agreed upon unanimously by the central committee,” he added.

Pakatan had also agreed to Wong’s candidacy, DAP national organising secretary Anthony Loke said.

In the 2008 general election, Liow, who is MCA vice-president, defeated PKR candidate G Ponusamy by a majority of 12,549 votes.

He also defeated DAP candidate Abub Bakar Lebai Sudin by 16,839 votes in Election 2004.

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Anwar flip-flopping on Lynas, says MCA


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