Apr 23, 2007

DPM Najib promises to assist Ijok personally in the future

More money and promises were offered to Ijok. This is definitely a great buyby-election.

(BERNAMA) Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said he would give emphasis to the Ijok state constituency even after the polling day for the Ijok by-election on April 28.

"I will look at the constituency not only until April 28 but even after that date, and if there are problems that can't be resolved and need assistence from the federal government, I'm prepared to come down to Ijok to assist all of you," he said at a gathering at Kampung Jaya Setia, here tonight.

At the function, Najib handed over grants and approval letters worth RM3.5 million to seven mosques, 16 suraus and six religious schools as the Barisan Nasional (BN) government's commitment to improve the mosques, suraus and religious schools in the constituency.

He said the allocation was given not at the request of the mosques, suraus and religious schools concerned.

"So I hope the nonsensical campaign that the by-election is to decide between the mosque and temple would be put to rest," he said.

In the by-election, the BN is fielding a candidate from the MIC, K.Parthiban in a straight fight against the Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) candidate, Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim.

"The people are spreading quietly, they dare not speak in the open, they are merely whispering in their house-to-house campaign `you want the mosque of the temple'," Najib said.

The by-election is being held following the death of the Ijok Assemblyman and Selangor MIC deputy chairman Datuk K. Sivalingam on arrival at the Chennai Airport in India on April 4, after a heart attack.

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