While Barisan Nasional says it can win at least five seats, Pakatan is equally confident of retaining its 10 seats despite its opponent's dirty tricks.
K Kabilan, FMT
The coming general election may see some big Pakatan Rakyat incumbents in Kuala Lumpur being kicked out by a group of young and hardworking Barisan Nasional candidates, claimed a confident BN leader today.
In fact, the leader said, the federal coalition which was still smarting from a bruising defeat in the federal capital in 2008, was aiming to win at least five parliamentary seats here.
PPP information chief and BN FT vice-chairman A Chandrakumanan told FMT that BN had learnt its lesson from the bitter 2008 general election defeat and was now working very hard on the ground to regain its lost support and seats.
“Some of the parliamentary seats in Kuala Lumpur had been with the opposition MPs for too long and the people understand that they do not benefit anything from these MPs despite voting for them faithfully all these years.
“If we take the political scenario today in Kuala Lumpur, I have a good feeling that BN will win more than five seats,” he said.
In the 2008 election, Pakatan made a historic sweep of 10 seats. BN only retained Labuan and Putrajaya federal territories.
BN now feels it has done enough to win Lembah Pantai, Titiwangsa, Wangsa Maju, Bandar Tun Razak and Segambut. It is also confident of causing a major dent in Batu and Kepong.
Chandrakumanan said that the Pakatan MPs were more interested in hogging national-level publicity and had failed to address issues affecting their constituencies.
“You become an MP to take up people’s issues, not only to champion national issues. You need to solve people’s problems sincerely, not just become an MP for name sake and leave the problems hanging and blame the federal government.
“This is what the Pakatan MPs have been doing all this while. This is a fact. If there is anything constructive that they have done in Kuala Lumpur for the people, please highlight them. We too want to know. Let the people judge this,” he said.
“They only know how to complain, give excuses and blame BN for every policy that is carried out,” he added.
He also said that some of the veteran Pakatan MPs were living on their party’s reputation to win repeatedly. He blamed these MPs’ politicking abilities to keep the voters in their side despite developments being made by the federal government.
He also said that some of the Pakatan MPs were too busy with their other duties that they failed to serve their constituents. He specifically mentioned Selangor Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim and his failure to serve his Bandar Tun Razak constituency. Chandrakumanan is believed to be eyeing the Bandar Tun Razak seat in the next general election.
“The voters in Bandar Tun Razak are fed up with what is happening because their MP disappeared after making lucrative promises during election,” he said.