Jan 20, 2007

Boycotting By-election A Cowardly Act, Says Abdullah

Haha, our beloved PM said the same thing as his famous son-in-law. Pelik tapi benar!

Khairy : “Opposition leaders (DAP veteran) Lim Kit Siang, (PAS president) Abdul Hadi Awang, Anwar and (PAS secretary-general) Nasharuddin Mat Isa are cowards who are afraid to face the voters.

“If they continue like this, they might as well withdraw and disband their parties,” he added.

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 19 (Bernama) -- Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi described the decision by the opposition to boycott the Batu Talam state by-election and yet field a young independent candidate as a cowardly act.

The prime minister said that in fact PAS, Parti Keadilan Rakyat and DAP were afraid of losing to Barisan Nasional (BN) and the participation of an independent candidate was merely to deny BN a walkover.

"They are scared of competing... cowards, they field a youngster while they avoid a contest, they are scared of losing," he told reporters after chairing the Umno supreme council meeting here Friday.

BN candidate Abdul Aziz Mat Kiram is facing an independent, Ng Chee Pang, 22, in a straight fight in the Batu Talam state by-election on Jan 28. According to the last electoral rolls, the constituency has 10,525 voters.

The seat fell vacant following the death of BN state assemblyman Datuk Tengku Paris Tengku Razlan of cancer on Dec 27 last year.

Asked on the outcome of the election, Abdullah said BN would win easily as its candidate was merely facing an Independent.

"The BN election machinery is in full swing and God willing, victory is in our hands," he said.

The opposition parties are not taking part in the election as a protest against the Election Commission for what they claimed as running an unfair election system.

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