May 3, 2007

Ijok - DPM says there is no need to be alarmed by some votes going to opposition

PM asked MCA and Gerakan to find out the reasons for the Chinese swing votes going to the opposition, while our DPM tells us not to be worried.

KUALA LUMPUR: There is no need for Barisan Nasional to be too alarmed by some Chinese votes going to the opposition during the recent Ijok by-election.

Umno deputy president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said this should not be taken out of proportion and made into a big issue.

“Let us not forget the fact that the majority of the Chinese still support Barisan,” Najib, who is the Deputy Prime Minister, told reporters Thursday after opening the International Conference on Management of Information Pertaining to Health Crisis.

He cited the Machap by-election of April 12 as an example, where 63% to 65% of the Chinese supported the ruling coalition, against the DAP candidate.

Barisan won the Chinese-majority Machap seat by a majority of 4,081 votes.

In the Ijok mixed seat, Barisan won by 1,850 votes but Chinese votes dropped in areas like Pekan Ijok, Pekan Berjuntai Bestari (U), Pekan Berjuntai Bestari (S).

Umno Youth chief Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, who was also at the function, said he did not believe there was a swing of Chinese votes because the decrease was “not all that much”.

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