Najib plays down MIC, MCA absence in Sungai Kandis

Najib said MIC and MCA were still regrouping and restructuring following BN’s defeat in the general election. — Picture by Miera Zulyana
Najib said MIC and MCA were still regrouping and restructuring following BN’s defeat in the general election. — Picture by Miera Zulyana

SHAH ALAM, July 25 — MIC and MCA were not visibly helping the Barisan Nasional campaign in Sungai Kandis as both were preoccupied with internal matters, Datuk Seri Najib Razak claimed today.

The former prime minister, who was on a walkabout with BN candidate Datuk Lokman Adam this morning, said both parties were still regrouping and restructuring following the coalition’s defeat in the general election.

“MIC has changed its leadership but its deputy and vice presidents are not changed... so let’s give them time to address this,” he told reporters in between his walkabout.

On a potential collaboration between PAS and Umno, Najib said he had left the matter to his party's president Datuk Seri Zahid Hamid to decide.

But the former Umno president also claimed that PAS supporters would choose Umno over PKR when it comes to matters related to Malay rights and the religion.

“It is a given fact that PAS supporters see Umno as a party that is more committed to strengthening Islam than Pakatan,” he said.

Najib also urged voters in the area to pick Lokman instead of Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition's candidate Mohd Zawawi Ahmad Mughni in the August 4 poll.

He said it was necessary to have a “fair balance” of Opposition representatives to check and balance the Selangor PH administration.

Najib visited 10 houses in Kampung Sungai Kandis this morning with Lokman and was greeted warmly by the residents who appeared to be staunch BN supporters.

Lokman and Mohd Zawawi will be facing K. Murthy, an independent candidate, for the seat after it fell vacant following the death of its elected representative from PKR Mat Shuhaimi Shafie on July 2 from cancer of the lymphoma.

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