Saturday, 27 April 2013

Najib gets love for 'double your money' pitch

DAY 8 What's happening during the election campaigns around the country today? Quotable quotes, planned events and unplanned incidents as they take place.

10am - Saratok: BN chairperson Najib Abdul Razak arrives in Saratok town and ups the stakes with this 'double your money' promise.

His appearance causes a stir with the 1,500 supporters and voters who greet him passionately. He is campaigning for BN's Saratok candidate William Mawan Ikon.

Mawan tells the crowd, "With humble feeling and a sense of responsibility, I am taking the chance to announce that I am going to contribute all my parliamentarian’s allowance, if I am elected."

He says this is his contribution to help the people in Saratok and a body will be set up to manage the money.

This prompts Najib to up the cash stakes to canvass a Mawan win.

"I'm willing to give a dollar to dollar contribution. If he (Mawan) gives his salary, then I will give contributions for the next five years, so the fund can be doubled up," he says,,but does not elaborate where the contributions will come from.

Najib also says he is overwhelmed by the passionate reception in Saratok, as some he greets are reluctant to let go of his hand, while others say, "I love PM" and "I love you" to him.

He promises change and development to the rural area.

Sarawak: Sarawak deputy chief minister Alfred Jabu tells DAP secretary general Lim Guan Eng not to instigate the Dayak community in opposing the state's plan to develop native customary right (NCR) land in the latter’s visit to Sarawak.

According to The Borneo Post, Jabu says the issue is simply not Lim's “cup of tea” claiming the latter knows nothing about NCR land and the ground sentiments.

Jabu says developing NCR is a “noble” effort that is “widely accepted” as it is purported aimed at eradicating rural poverty.

9.00am - Sarawak: PKR Petra Jaya candidate Ahmad Nazib Johari has put up an advertisement featuring himself in a traffic policepersonnel uniform at a roundabout in the constituency.

According to Sin Chew Daily, a spokesperson for police overseeing the general election has ordered the candidate take down the billboard which is considered an offence under the relevent election regulation.

On the billboard, Ahmad Nazib is featured directing traffic, seemingly to indicate that he would solve traffic congestion problem there if elected

12.30am - Johor Bahru: PKR president Wan Azizah Wan Ismail finally arrives at a PKR ceramah in Felda Ulu Tebrau where some 50 party supporters and villagers were awaiting her since 9.30pm.

However, she only gave a short speech under the watchful eyes of several uniformed policemen as ceramah are not allowed to proceed after midnight.

The Felda settlement is a traditional bastion of BN, with PKR stating that "95 percent of voters here went to BN in last general election".

Asked about the recent acts of political violence, Wan Azizah denies they were done by PKR and condemned the acts.

"We condemn any sort of violence or destruction of public or personal properties.

"It is not us (PKR) and we actually told all members, do not get provoked with any provocation, do not retaliate, because we need to have peaceful and stable environment for our election."- MK

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