By ZAZALI MUSA and MOHD FARHAAN SHAH firstname.lastname@example.org
JOHOR BARU: Barisan Nasional has a strategy to win the Gelang Patah seat by fielding Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman against DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang in the GE13.
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the Gelang Patah battle would be the focus not only in Johor but also in the country.
He said Abdul Ghani was the ideal candidate to take on Lim as he had been playing a pivotal role in bringing development and progress in Gelang Patah area under Iskandar Malaysia initiave.
Muhyiddin said voters in the constituency could witness by themselves the changes in the area since Iskandar’s inception seven years ago.
“Unlike Lim who has been moving around so many times in the previous elections, Ghani has been in Johor for about 19 years and able to transform the state as one of the most developed in Malaysia,’’ he told a press conference after handing about RM15.38mil allocations to 125 Chinese vernacular schools in Johor.
He said there were unlikely to be any sabotage from supporters of Gelang Patah MCA division chief Jason Teoh who was not fielded by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
“PM has spoken to Jason personally on why he was not chosen to contest against Lim and as a young man he has future potential as politician,’’ said Muhyiddin adding that Barisan top leaders would meet Jason an his supporters to help Abdul Ghani campaign.
In a separate event where he met with entrepreneurs under the Tekun Nasional programme, Muhyiddin said that the Government had proven its competency in improving the country’s economy.
He added that Barisan had help improved the life of the rakyat especially under the various transformation programmes.
“The Opposition will only hamper the country’s development with its populist decision in their manifesto if they be able to form the Government,” he said.
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