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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Rohaizat Promises To Increase Villagers' Income

BUKIT MERTAJAM, Aug 17 (Bernama) -- Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate Rohaizat Othman has promised to improve the living standard of the people of Permatang Pasir, as he had done for the people of Mengkuang Titi through a programme to increase the income of villagers.

Rohaizat who is contesting in the Permatang Pasir by-election said he would apply the agro-tourism programme he used for the people of Mengkuang Titi in Permatang Pasir.

"I have brought Mengkuang Titi to the national front when the programme I conducted won the second place for the Desa Cemerlang (Excellent Village) Award," he said when met at the nomination centre at the National Youth Skills Training Institute, here, on Monday.

The Permatang Pasir by-election will see a straight fight between Rohaizat, who is also Permatang Pauh Umno division secretary, and Penang PAS commissioner Mohd Salleh Man.

The state seat fell vacant following the death of its incumbent assemblyman Datuk Mohd Hamdan Abdul Rahman from PAS due to heart failure on July 31.

Rohaizat was confident that BN would win the by-election, based on the coalition's good showing in the Manik Urai by-election in Kelantan recently.

Meanwhile, Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein hoped that all parties could display democratic maturity while campaigning for the by-lection.

"I hope it will be as calm as it was during the Manik Urai by-election campaign," he said.

Wanita Umno chief Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil said she was disappointed with the lack of change in Permatang Pasir in terms of development since PAS took over the seat 15 years ago.

"I promise if BN wins, there will be development and improved welfare of the people in the area," she said,

Umno Youth head Khairy Jamaluddin said the advantage of the BN candidate was youth, professional competency and that he was a local-born who understood local issues.

MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu meanwhile called on Indian voters in Permatang Pasir to support the BN candidate.

"They must realise that the opposition pact, especially in Penang, has failed to look after the interests of the Indians," he said today when met at the nomination centre for the by-election.

Samy Vellu, who is leading a group of MIC top leaders, including Human Resource Minister Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam, to assist in the campaign, said by voting for BN, the Indians could send a strong message that they wanted unity and development.

"BN under the leadership of Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has brought a lot of development to the Indian community and we want this to continue.

"The Indians must continue supporting BN so that it can implement what it has planned for the people and country," he said.

Samy Vellu reiterated that Indian votes could help BN win the by-election. -- BERNAMA

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