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Tan fears election fraud in Wangsa Maju

 | April 17, 2013

The former Gerakan man is confident of winning the seat but says election fraud will play a big part.

PETALING JAYA: PKR’s Dr Tan Kwee Kwong believes that he has only a 50 percent chance of winning the Wangsa Maju parliamentary seat because of fraud.

“Every seat has a 50 percentr chance of winning. I say this because there has been evidence of massive cheating.

“At a forum organised by Bersih two years back, the Election Commission [EC] deputy chairman Wan Ahmad Wan Omar when asked how independent the EC really is, admitted that unlike the ECs in Thailand and India who are very impartial, ‘we just do what the BN government tells us to do’,” said Tan told FMT.

Although acknowledging the EC’s supposed partiality, Tan said that in order to change the government, the only means is through the ballot box.

“On behalf of Pakatan Rakyat, we want to change the government through democratic means, which is through the ballot box.

“It is going to be a tough battle as the Barisan Nasional has unlimited amount of funds, but hey, at least we don’t steal the rakyat’s money,” he said.

Tan also admitted that ultimately, it is the people who will come up with the best decision.

“I leave it to the hands of the rakyat to make the best choice,” he said.

Commenting on Umno’s Shafei Abdullah being chosen over MCA’s Yew Teong Look as the BN candidate for Wangsa Maju, he said that it is obvious how prime minister Najib Tun Razak has resorted to cronyism in fielding candidates for the general election.

“Looks as if he [Najib] has favoured his crony, by choosing him [Shafei]. I personally know that Yew is a hard-working and a real grassroots man with an excellent track record,” he said.

Shafei who is also Najib’s political secretary has been announced as the BN’s candidate for the Wangsa Maju parliamentary seat.

Before the announcement, both MCA and Umno insisted that they should be fielding the candidate.

Safety concerns

In the 2008 general election, Wee Choo Keong won the seat under PKR with a slim majority of 150 votes but pulled out from PKR to become a BN-friendly MP in 2010.

“After Wee became independent, in the past four years I have strengthened the area by making countless visits to the night markets and conducting ceramahs, which have had good responses so far,” said Tan. Wee meanwhile is expected to contest as an independent, making the fight for this seat three cornered.

Commenting on safety concerns in the Wangsa Maju area, he said: “If I become the Wangsa Maju MP, I will ensure that there will be safety zones in Wangsa Maju.

“And I must say, the state of KL roads is pure rubbish. How can KL become a world-class city if potholes are not even repaired properly,” said Tan, referring to potholes merely being stuffed with sticks.

With regard to the issue of party hopping, as PKR’s disciplinary chief, he said that as steps to ensure that there will be less party hopping, PKR has made multiple background checks on potential candidates.

“We go through many rounds of selection, in checking potential candidates’ backgrounds. We look into their business deals, the cars they drive, their type of friends.

“These checks are not absolute guarantee that they won’t switch parties, but these are the steps that have been done to ensure that they will not party hop later in the future,” he said.


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