BATU PAHAT: Deputy Chief Minister Rashid Hasnon has decided to take up the challenge in Batu Pahat despite requests from the people for him to remain in Penang, says Bukit Mertajam incumbent Steven Sim.
Speaking to FMT, Sim said banners had been put up in Penang, asking Rashid to stay on as deputy chief minister.
“That is how close he is to the people. Although he has a high ranking position in the state government, he would go personally to the ground to hear the people’s problems.
“That is something that Johoreans and Batu Pahat constituents will benefit from if he wins the election,” Sim said on the sidelines of a ceramah here last night.
Sim gave the example of Rashid’s intervention in the eviction of a group of villagers in 2013.
“When villagers in Kampung Permatang Tok Suboh were evicted by private developers, Rashid was the first state leader who visited them.
“After the state government intervened, the villagers finally received compensation from the developer, of between RM25,000 and RM44,000.
“He fought and made sure the villagers got their compensation. If anything, he has experience in handling state issues,” Sim said.
He also denied what he said were claims that Penang was banning prayer calls, saying these were merely tactics to divide the people and pin the blame on states led by the opposition.
“Those who say that are likely the people who didn’t wake up for their morning prayers. This should not be an image that will affect Rashid.
“Johoreans, you are in good hands,” he told the audience at the ceramah. “The fear that the opposition will not fight for Muslims is not true. This is proof of it.”
The Batu Pahat parliamentary seat was won by PKR’s Mohd Idris Jusi in the 2013 general election.
Idris beat Umno’s Puad Zarkashi with a 1,732-vote majority.
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