How did Anwar get projects for PD, asks independent candidate

Independent candidate Stevie Chan Keng Leong says he will challenge Anwar Ibrahim to a debate if the PKR candidate refuses to answer his questions. (Bernama pic)

PORT DICKSON: Independent candidate Stevie Chan Keng Leong has raised several questions on the promise by PKR candidate Anwar Ibrahim to deliver three mega projects for the people of Port Dickson.

Chan, a social media personality, asked if the arrangements were legitimate since the projects were proposed by private companies.

“I have a few questions for him (Anwar). Firstly, in what capacity did he make these negotiations?

“Secondly, who met who first? Did the private company actually come to meet him or was it the other way around?

“Is Anwar tied to the agreement to complete the project if he wins?

“And lastly, do these companies have any vested interest?” he asked at D’Wharf Hotel and Residences here.

Chan said such political practices were thrown out when the country voted for Pakatan Harapan (PH) in the May 9 polls.

“The problem here is that he (Anwar) didn’t say whether or not he studied the proposals and he didn’t say if the projects are conditional,” he added.

Chan also questioned Anwar’s sincerity in serving the people of Port Dickson.

He wanted to know if Anwar believed that any elected representative could resign for no valid reason other than political expediency or was the move only acceptable to enable him to contest.

Chan also asked if Anwar had considered other alternatives to Port Dickson and why he decided not to pick another constituency.

“Why does Anwar need to enter Parliament now via an engineered by-election? Is there an urgent matter that requires his immediate participation in the legislative body? What is the hurry?

“Why did he not pick Permatang Pauh, his traditional constituency, or Pandan, occupied by (his wife) Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail? If Wan Azizah can vacate the PKR presidency for Anwar, then why can’t she let go of her parliamentary seat as well?”

Chan also wanted to know that should Anwar win, would he defend the seat in future or abandon Port Dickson once his objective was achieved.

“I hope he answers these questions. But he hasn’t been answering any questions since he announced his candidacy for Port Dickson.

“If he doesn’t answer them, I will go and look for him and challenge him to a debate,” Chan said.

The Port Dickson by-election was called after incumbent Danyal Balagopal Abdullah vacated his seat to pave the way for Anwar in his attempt to return to Parliament.

Danyal, a former naval officer, won the seat in the May 9 polls with 36,225 votes, beating Barisan Nasional’s VS Mogan (18,515 votes) and PAS’ Mahfuz Roslan (6,594 votes).

Chan and Anwar will be joined by four other candidates in the by-election.

They are Lt Col (R) Mohd Nazari Mokhtar (PAS) and three other independent candidates – former Negeri Sembilan menteri besar Mohd Isa Abdul Samad, social media personality Kan Chee Yuen as well as Anwar’s former personal assistant, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan.