Ghani wins praise from Kit Siang
‘A GOOD MAN’: Johor MB has brought development to the state, says DAP leader
JOHOR BARU: DAP stalwart Lim Kit Siang has praised his election opponent Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman for bringing progress and development to Johor during his stew ardship of the state.
Describing his Gelang Patah opponent as a good man, Lim said the Johor Barisan Na sional chairman had initiated the develop ment of the state.
Lim said he knew Ghani since the 1980s when the latter became the deputy minister for energy, telecommunication and post. Ghani was then appointed the deputy minister of Finance from 1990 to 1993.
“I met Ghani (yesterday) this morning at the nomination centre. Ghani is the longest-serving menteri besar, having served for 18 years. He brought economic growth and development to Johor while he was the MBenteri Besar. He is a good MBenteri Besar and a good man,” Lim said in his speech to a 8,000-strong crowd.
He, however, was critical of Ghani, the BN and its component party MCA at the ceramah held near Sutera Mall, here.
Ghani and Lim take on each other in Gelang Patah, which has 106,864 voters con sisting of 52.4 per cent Chinese; 34.3 per cent Malays; 12.5 per cent Indians and 0.8 per cent of other races.
In the 2008 general election, BN’s Tan Ah Eng, who is the state MCA Wanita chief, de feated PKR’s Dr Zalina Mustafa with a ma jority of 8,851 votes.
Ghani, meanwhile, just smiled when asked about Lim’s remarks about him, but declined to comment on it.
He acknowledged that contesting the Gelang Patah parliamentary seat is a daunt ing challenge.
“Lim came to Gelang Patah and I happened to be in the thick of things in Gelang Patah. I am in Johor and right in the centre of it all.
“I believe that Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Razak has the rakyat’s interest in mind when he appointed the BN candidate for Gelang Patah. I hope I can have the voters’ support based on BN’s policies and prac tices.”
“I urge the people to say “No” to political polarisation. In the past 56 years, we have forged an understanding among the various races, but now people who have come from Ipoh and Kelantan are trying to break up the unity,” he said in his speech.
“The opposition just wants to get power by creating disunity,” he added.
Ghani was speaking after at tending an event organised by SWM Environment Sdn Bhd, where 1,500 garbage bins with wheels were distributed to some 8,000 residents of Kampung Melayu Desa Permai, Kg Cina Kangkar Pulai, Taman Pulai Bestari 2 and Bandar Baru Kankar Pulai flats.
Johor SWM regional manager Dr Al’Ashari Othman said the bins were given to residents free under the second phase of the pro gramme, which will see the distribution of a total of 300,000 bins in areas under the ju risdiction of the Johor Baru Central Munic ipal Council, Batu Pahat, Kulai and Pontian.
Under the first phase, a total of 90,000 bins were distributed in Johor Baru. The last phase, which consists of the remaining areas in Johor, is expected to come to a close next year.
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