PETALING JAYA: DAP’s Teh Kok Lim believes his Barisan Nasional (BN) opponent Tan Keng Liang’s status as Gerakan Youth chief will count for little in the battle for Taiping this general election.
Teh, who is the incumbent for the Pokok Assam state seat, has been moved to Taiping to replace Perak DAP chairman Nga Kor Ming, who will be fielded in Teluk Intan.
Teh said he believed voters in the constituency would remember the work he had done there for the past decade.
“Tan has just been appointed to serve Taiping, whereas I have been active on the ground for 10 years,” he said, adding that he was also a local candidate while Tan hailed from Alor Setar, Kedah.
Speaking to FMT, Teh, who previously served as Nga’s political secretary, said the party had a good chance of retaining the seat despite Nga’s shift to Teluk Intan.
“Based on the feedback I’ve received on the ground, most of the voters agree with DAP’s strategy to deploy Nga to Teluk Intan,” he said.
“They know that to take on Gerakan president Mah Siew Keong, the opposition needs to send a strong candidate.”
Teh said the people of Taiping were most concerned about national matters such as the cost of living and the goods and services tax.
“Taiping is a heritage town and tourism is big here, but we’ve seen fewer tourists, especially locals, coming to Taiping for holidays. I believe many locals are finding it harder to go for holidays because of the rising cost of living.”
He said this had affected the town and its people, especially those in the tourism and hospitality industry.
He also voiced concern over the possibility of a lower voter turnout due to the midweek polling day.
“We are also worried that voters may still be looking for the rocket logo when casting their votes.
“This is why we are reaching out to members, asking them to tell their family members to vote for the ‘eye’,” he said, referring to PKR’s logo, which Pakatan Harapan will use in GE14.
He said Taiping DAP was also going door-to-door to spread awareness on the use of PKR’s logo as a common symbol.
In the 2008 general election, Nga won the Chinese-majority seat with an 11,298-vote majority against myPPP’s M Kayveas. In 2013, he retained the seat with an 11,745-vote majority against Gerakan’s Tan Lian Hoe.
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