On the campaign trail with Mukhriz

We were with BN candidate for P 005 Jerlun, Dato’ Mukhriz Mahathir. Today is his third day campaigning, vying for the precarious seat in Northwest Kedah.

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He was at a dialogue with tobacco farmers, this afternoon. Then, he was at a fisherman village in Kampung Baru Tepi Laut. Later, he met some rice farming villagers in Kampung Telok Tui.

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It was obvious he was well received. Scores of villagers flocked his ‘Meet the rakyat’ sessions. When he went to socialize with them, they seemed pleased with his humility.

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Of course, so many would want to see in person, “Anak Dr. Mahathir”, a Kedahan who made these simple village folks proud of their homestate. Former Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad was a Kedah born leader and to date, the longest serving Prime Minister.

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The press corp was also with him, on these campaign trails. When asked, after his session, Mukhriz hoped to be given a chance to prove himself. He also admitted that there is a lot of expectations the rakyat had on him, being that he is the son of a former Prime Minister and contributed immensely in the progress of this country, include Kedah. Mukhriz told the press that these first three days of campaigning would just be sessions for him to introduce himself to the rakyat of Jerlun. He is expected to start looking and addressing the issues of Jerlun from Thursday onwards.

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This was Bernama.com’s report on Mukhriz’s campaign, yesterday:

26 Februari, 2008 12:50 PM

Muhkriz Boleh Bangunkan Jerlun Seperti Bapanya Di Kubang Pasu Hantar berita ini kepada rakan Versi bolehcetak berita ini

 

 

AYER HITAM, 26 Feb (Bernama) — “Kalau dia boleh bangunkan Jerlun macam Tun Dr Mahathir bangunkan Kubang Pasu kita akan pilih dia,” kata Abdul Kader Malek, seorang penduduk Jerlun mengulas mengenai pencalonan Datuk Mukhriz Tun Dr Mahathir sebagai calon BN di kawasan parlimen itu.

Katanya kawasan Parlimen itu boleh dianggap “terpencil” daripada pembangunan disebabkan masih kekurangan kemudahan infrastruktur dan kemudahan asas.

“Di sini masih ada lagi penduduk yang tak dapat bekalan air, elektrik dan jalan-jalan tak berturap lagi,” katanya kepada Bernama di sini hari ini.

Mukhriz dianggap sebagai idealis oleh ramai penduduk dan ada yang menyamakan Mukhriz dengan bapanya, bekas Perdana Menteri Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad yang memegang parlimen Kubang Pasu selama tujuh penggal, katanya.

Abdul Kader, 47 bagaimanapun berkata penduduk di situ lebih suka mengambil sikap tunggu dan lihat sebelum membuat apa-apa keputusan.

Penyandang kerusi Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) Kota Seputeh Datuk Abu Bakar Sarif pula berkata, Mukhriz dilihat sebagai “lubuk emas” oleh penduduk Jerlun kerana beliau boleh membantu meningkatkan ekonomi penduduk di kawasan itu.

Katanya, disebabkan peruntukan yang lebih diberikan kerajaan pusat berbanding wakil rakyat DUN, sesetengah penduduk lebih suka meminta bantuan daripada anggota parlimen untuk mendapat peruntukan yang lebih besar.

“Saya percaya dalam kepala dia (Mukhriz) ada banyak perancangan untuk Jerlun. Saya rasa dia boleh bertindak secara berkesan menggunakan peruntukan kerajaan pusat untuk Jerlun,” katanya.

Bagi Chow Hua Meng, 52, undi di parlimen itu boleh berubah dengan pencalonan Mukhriz kerana penduduk memang dahagakan daya kepimpinan baru yang boleh membangunkan kawasan tersebut.

Beliau berkata walaupun Mukhriz dianggap sebagai “calon luar” dan kali pertama bertanding tetapi kebanyakan pengundi positif terhadap kemenangan Mukhriz sebagai anggota Parlimen Jerlun.

Katanya, latar belakang pendidikan Mukhriz dalam bidang pentadbiran perniagaan dan pengalaman dalam perniagaan akan diambil kira sebagai merit untuk menyokong Mukhriz.

Md Taib Abdullah, 35, pula berkata sokongan kepada PAS yang meningkat sebelum ini, telah dipecahkan dengan pencalonan Mukhriz di kawasan parlimen itu.

Pada pilihan raya umum ini Mukhriz akan bertanding satu lawan satu dengan calon PAS, Idris Ahmad.

–BERNAMA

On top of that, Jerlun Chinese voters said they would throw their support behind him. This was The Star’s take on Mukhriz, yesterday when he met Chinese voters in Sanglang:



MCA to ensure Mukhriz wins

The party’s division chairman Lim Moh Leng and secretary Lee Shong Fek are going all out to campaign for Mukhriz, even entering PAS territories in this predominantly Malay seat.

Lim said Mukhriz was the right man to bring development to the vastly agricultural Jerlun constituency.

“The Chinese here will fully back him as they want progress,” said Lim.

There are 45,515 voters, with a large PAS support base in Jerlun. Datuk Abdul Rahman Ariffin, who stood under the Barisan Nasional banner, wrested the seat from PAS in 2004 with a 2,142-vote majority.

“The people here need to think about the future. There is no question who should be the MP here,” Lee said, adding that the youngest son of former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad would know what to do.

Muhkriz, who is an Umno Youth executive council member, is facing PAS central committee member Idris Ahmad in a straight fight.

Tonight, he is expected to be in Padang Perahu, Pekan Padang Sera and Putat UMNO Branch.

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