Apr 24, 2007

MB Khir Toyo Warns Against Groups Out To Disrupt Campaigning In Ijok Polls

A good warning from the MB himself. This goes to everyone from BN and PKR team.

(BERNAMA) Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo has asked the authorities and Barisan Nasional election machinery to be on the lookout for groups bent on disrupting the Ijok state by-election campaign.

He said it was possible that they would pose as members of certain political parties before sabotaging them.

"I know that this is the work of outsiders. They created trouble in Lunas (by-election) but don't try it in my state," he told reporters, here Monday.

He said the reminder was not aimed at opposition parties alone as the BN too should steer clear of anything that could adversely affect peace and security during the current campaigning period.

He said that while opposition parties appeared to be keen on exploiting racial issues, BN component members were consistent in their policies as they worked together for the sake of all races.

Dr Mohamad Khir observed that PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim had failed to shine in his "ceramah" rounds as he kept on reverting to stale issues and slander.

On allegations that he had gone too far in demolishing several Hindu temples, he explained that the state government had to tear down structures which flouted building codes to ensure public safety.

The by-election on Saturday pits BN's K. Parthiban, 38, against PKR's Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, 61.

Meanwhile, Education Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said he would not politicise education issues like those involving Tamil schools, which were being raised by the opposition, as it would be a futile exercise.

He said the allocations for several Tamil and Chinese primary schools in Ijok had been disbursed, and announcements would be made for other schools once approval was given.

The minister further said that the government allocated RM1.3 billion per year to help students from needy families under the free textbook and nutrition programmes.

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