Menteri Besar Kedah Dato’ Paduka Mukhriz Mahathir vowed that he would follow through his predecessor and former ADUN for N20 Sg. Limau Allahyarham Tan Sri Azizan A Razak’s wish for Kedah and the paid-field area the latter represented for four terms.
Mukhriz resolves to fulfil ex-MB Azizan’s wish
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YAN: Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Mukhriz Dr Mahathir has resolved to fulfil his predecessor Tan Sri Azizan Abdul Razak’s wish that he looks after Kedah and shoulder his responsibility to the best of his ability.
“During my walkabouts in Sungai Limau, I met a lot of people who raised many outstanding issues such as houses and surau in dire need of repair and puddles popping up on the roads.
This reminded me of what former Sungai Limau assemblyman Allahyaram Tan Sri Azizan had said to me.
“He told me to look after Kedah as best as I could. I’d consider his wish as the most important responsibility shouldered by me as the menteri besar, with the assistance of state executive councillors, to solve the people’s problems one at a time in a short time,” he said here today.
Mukhriz said the assistance and support he received from the federal government enabled him to shoulder the trust and responsibility to his level best.
He hoped Sungai Limau voters would give the BN the opportunity serve the constituency and solve pressing problems faced by the people by voting BN candidate for the Sungai Limau state by-election Dr Ahmad Sohaimi Lazim.
“Let the constituency be run by the BN like the administration at the state and federal levels to enable us to fulfil our promises and shoulder the trust,” he added.
Ahmad Sohaimi, former Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) senior lecturer, is facing Mohd Azam Abd Samat of PAS in the Sungai Limau state by election tomorrow.
The seat fell vacant following the death of five-term assemblyman Azizan on Sept 26. — BERNAMA
In the same day, Fourth Prime Minister and Fifth UMNO President Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad vowed that he would make sure that MB Kedah Dato’ Paduka Mukhriz do a good job in Sg. Limau and Kedah.
Mukhriz is my son, I will make sure he carries out his duty if BN wins, says Dr M
BY MUZLIZA MUSTAFA
NOVEMBER 03, 2013
LATEST UPDATE: NOVEMBER 03, 2013 05:54 PM
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (pic) has promised Sungai Limau voters that he will make sure Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir does a good job for the people in the constituency, but only if they choose Barisan Nasional (BN) in the by-election tomorrow.
The former prime minister, who made an appearance at a carnival rakyat in Sungai Limau today to support the BN campaign, said an elected representative who was close to the BN state government would get more assistance not only from the state but also from the Federal Government. He urged voters to make the right decision by choosing the BN candidate.
“The menteri besar is my son, his name is Mukhriz, he is bald because I keep all the hair. He is bald because he is thinking what else can be done for the people of Kedah,” he said, drawing laughter from the crowd.
Dr Mahathir went on to say he would make sure Mukhriz did a good job in Sungai Limau and Kedah or he would return and teach him a lesson.
He also said the scenario and situation in Sungai Limau had changed quite a lot since his time.
“In 1969, I could not even enter Sungai Limau. Now, they let us in and even listen to our explanations,” he said, adding that Kedah will see more development with BN in power.
On Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s claim that Umno is the reason why Malays are poor, Dr Mahathir (pic) said that Anwar was ungrateful.
“He gained his wealth because his father was an Umno supporter. When he was with BN he never told me all this. When he is no longer a deputy prime minister, only then there is an issue,” he added.
He also quashed rumours that his presence in Sungai Limau was due to Mukhriz not being able to stand on his own feet and needed his father to help him.
“If I wanted to help him, I would have helped him when I was prime minister. I forbade him when he wanted to get involved in politics before. Now I am no longer prime minister, he can stand on his own,” said Dr Mahathir.
He also said his last-minute visit to Sungai Limau was of his own accord.
“I will support BN as long as I am healthy and can talk,” he said.
Sungai Limau has been a PAS stronghold since 1995.
PAS candidate Mohd Azam Abd Samad is squaring off against BN’s Dr Sohaimi Lazim in the by-election, which was triggered following the death of the late former Kedah menteri besar and Kedah PAS commissioner Tan Sri Azizan Abdul Razak who had held the seat since 1995. – November 1, 2013.
Tun Dr. Mahathir dropped in on the N20 Sg. Limau by-election. First he was at BN N20 Command Centre in Sg. Limau. Then he met some Tok Guru pondok in Sg Dedap and later attended Karnival PPK Mada Bukit Besar. He also dropped by at PPK Matang Buluh.
It was a full itinerary for an unscheduled appearance.
Tomorrow, it is expected that 90% of the 27,287 eligible voters will cast their votes to elect the ADUN to replace Azizan. Many observers felt that the result have almost equal chance to go either way. The winner is expected to only tip the scale slightly, unlike the 13GE on 5 May where PAS won with a 2,774 majority.
*Updated Tuesday 5 November 2013 0100hrs
PAS managed to retain N20 Sungai Limau State Assembly seat but with a reduced majority. BN managed to reduce the majority from 2,774 just under six months ago to 1,084. The reduction in majority signifies 6.2% change of voters confidence towards BN, under MB Kedah Dato’ Paduka Mukhriz Mahathir.
04 November 2013| last updated at 12:31AM
SUNGAI LIMAU BY-ELECTION: Mukhriz thanks BN machinery
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YAN: Menteri Besar Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir thanked the Barisan Nasional machinery for their hard work in helping Kedah BN in significantly reducing Pas’ majority in the Sungai Limau by-election.
Mukhriz hoped that the defeat to Pas in Sungai Limau would not deter the spirit to strengten the coalition’s determination to continue serving the rakyat.
He said despite the loss, BN had managed to break into and secured higher votes in the Pas strongholds in the constituency as compared to the 13th General Election’s results five months ago.
“This is a good sign for BN and we will continue to work hard based on the platform we have built during this by-election,” he said.Meanwhile, BN candidate Dr Ahmad Sohaimi Lazim said he accepted the loss with an open mind and thanked the 10,985 voters in Sungai Limau who had voted for BN.
“I am also extending my sincere appreciation to the BN machinery which had worked very hard during the 12-day campaign period,” he said when contacted.
Sohaimi stressed that the loss would not deter him from continuing his service to the party and the Sungai Limau folk.Meanwhile, in a Bernama report, Mukhriz described the success of the Barisan Nasional (BN) in reducing PAS’s majority by more than half in today’s Sungai Limau election as a victory in itself.“In that aspect, it is a good victory even though we failed to win this seat (Sg Limau), and as we said before the by-election, win or lose, it has no impact,” he told reporters at the BN’s by-election operations room here tonight.
He said the BN accepted the result but promised that the BN would not stop efforts to get close to “sekolah pondok” (madrasahs) as pledged by the coalition in its manifesto for the 13th General Election in May, in upholding the teachings of Islam.
“We will keep our promises because from the government’s perspective, we do not practise favouritism,” he said.
He said the BN government in the state would also deliver two projects it announced, namely a road linking Guar Chempedak and Pulau Bunting, and the proposal to build a port on the island.
PAS candidate Mohd Azam Abd Samat won by a 1,084-vote majority, as compared to the 2,774 majority obtained by the late former Kedah menteri besar, Tan Sri Azizan Abdul Razak in the 13GE.
Mohd Azam received 12,069 votes, beating Ahmad Sohaimi who obtained 10,985 votes. The votes obtained by Mohd Azam was 1,225 votes or 9.2 per cent less than the total votes garnered by Azizan in the 13GE, at 13,294 votes.
Meanwhile for BN, the majority in the Sungai Limau by-election increased by 4.4 per cent or 465 votes. The total voter turnout today was lowered by 1,100 voters or 4.5 per cent from 24,349 in the 13GE.
PAS’ strength depended on Azizan’s name, which was heavily used in the by-election campaign, including showing Mohd Azam as a student of Azizan and being related to the former
In fact, PAS also allegedly used a picture with a superimposed image of Mohd Azam with Azizan in the party’s campaign leaflets when it was actually the photograph of a Sinar Harian journalist during a visit to Azizan’s office in 2011.
Meanwhile, Ahmad Sohaimi said he accepted the people’s verdict with an open heart.“We have to believe in Rukun Iman (rule of faith) and qadar (destiny),” he told Bernama when contacted.He also thanked the party machinery and the media for their support in helping to get him closer to the community.Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom, who is also Jerai Umno division chief, said he was not disappointed with the result, but would shoulder on to capture the seat.“In the 12-day campaign alone, we managed to reduce PAS’ majority. Given five years before GE14, we could create an upset. This itself is a victory,” he told reporters at the BN operations room.As Member of Parliament for Jerai, Jamil Khir said he was committed to assist the constituents and would not marginalise the community.
Mukhriz had earlier admitted BN was an underdog but BN put up a strong fight by offering the people in Sungai Limau, in terms of development.
Despite losing, the residents of the Sungai Limau state constituency will benefit from the federal and state governments as proof that the BN government does not marginalise areas under opposition parties.
On BN’s side, many likened the loss to the candidate factor as he was too low profile and not considered suitable as a people’s representative.
The new Jerai Umno division leadership which changed from Datuk Mohd Suhaimi Abdullah to Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom in the Jerai division election on Oct 19, could also be a factor.
Many considered the voters were still with PAS, not because they were confident of Mohd Azam but as a check-and-balance for the Kedah Government controlled by BN.
If seen from the support of voters to Mukhriz during the campaign, the residents of Sungai Limau were actually more confident with Mukhriz and the state government, and only time can determine if BN can recapture the Sungai Limau state seat.
The conclusion on the Sungai Limau by-election is that neither PAS nor BN won everything. — BERNAMA
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