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A better future for Teluk Intan folk in voters' hands, says Liow

Posted: 26 May 2014 09:00 AM PDT

TELUK INTAN: The development here and the future of its people are in the hands of the 60,000 voters in the Teluk Intan parliamentary by-election this Saturday, MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said.

He urged the voters to support Barisan Nasional candidate Datuk Mah Siew Keong, who could bring development to them.

"Barisan is a stable and dynamic government which has put in place many development projects nationwide and also in Teluk Intan.

"And a good and experienced MP like Datuk Mah will ensure the people can benefit from the projects.

"The projects will be able to create more business and job opportunities for the people and keep the constituency vibrant," he said, citing the latest RM5bil West Coast Expressway project as an example.

Last Sunday, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin performed the ground-breaking ceremony for the 233km-long expressway here.

The expressway connects Changkat Jering in Perak to Banting in Selangor.

"The Barisan government has a good track record in ensuring stability and bringing development to multi-ethnic and multi-religious Malaysians," Liow said after visiting Batu 12 new village and an orphanage – the Jaz Home – here yesterday.

The Chinese constitute over 41% of the 60,000 voters while Malays and Indians make up 38% and 19% respectively.

Gerakan president Mah, 53, is in a straight fight with DAP's 26-year-old Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud after Teluk Intan MP Seah Leong Peng died of cancer on May 1.

Liow urged the Chinese voters to give their full support to Mah.

In another development, Liow, who is accompanying Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on his official visit to China starting today, said the 40 years of bilateral relations continued to be strong.

"The good relations have brought more trading activities between the two nations and will also help more Malaysians to venture into China," Liow said.

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Hadi: Only DAP defended PAS when Kelantan govt fell in 1978

Posted: 26 May 2014 09:00 AM PDT

TELUK INTAN: PAS is working together with DAP as a token of gratitude for standing by their side when the Kelantan government fell in 1978.

PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang said it was DAP who defended PAS when the Kelantan government fell to Barisan Nasional then, causing chaos within the state.

He said Barisan, that was working with PAS then, did nothing to help them.

"Only DAP defended us that time and we are grateful to them.

"We have the responsibility to help them back," he said in his speech during a high tea session with DAP's Teluk Intan parliamentary by-election candidate Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud at Taman Cicely here yesterday.

"Even with our differences over alcohol, pork, hudud and halal matters, we have something in common, which is to stand up against corruption, injustice and to fight for fairness for all," he said.

Abdul Hadi also said that the Barisan coali­tion had ruled for over 50 years, but yet there were still a lot of poor people in the country.

He also called on the people to vote wisely and to look at the candidate's capabilities rather than their race.

"If we are smart, we don't talk about race.

"We talk about how the candidate can re­­present the voice of the people at Parliament when they become an MP," he said.

Abdul Hadi also praised Dyana Sofya for her bravery to stand and speak up against her detractors.

"She is brave, she will support the right and oppose the wrong.

"She has courage to stand under DAP, not even I dared to do so," he quipped.

Abdul Hadi also urged the people not to be baited by "candies" offered by Barisan to fish for votes.

"Be a smart fish that eats the bait but not get hooked."

Momentous China visit awaits Najib

Posted: 26 May 2014 09:00 AM PDT

PUTRAJAYA: A visit full of significant occasions befitting the 40th anniversary of Malaysia-China ties awaits Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak when he starts his six-day official trip to China tomorrow.

For one, the Chinese government is willing to oblige a Malaysian request that the celebration marking the occasion be held on May 31, a public holiday in China, which happens to be the day Kuala Lumpur-Beijing ties were formalised in 1974.

The close relationship between the two nations would be further emphasised when Chinese President Xi Jinping sets aside normal protocol by hosting a private dinner for Najib.

"Usually Chinese presidents don't give a private dinner. Usually they just attend the bilateral meeting (with a visiting dignitary) and dinner is given by the prime minister.

"But this time around, he is not only receiving me but also accords a private dinner. That is very, very significant," Najib told senior editors here yesterday ahead of the visit.

Najib is scheduled to meet Xi on Friday in Beijing, after which they will attend the private dinner.

The decision by Najib's father, Malaysia's second prime minister Tun Abdul Razak Hussein to esta­blish ties with Communist China in 1974 was seen as a bold move at that time, with Malaysia being the first South-East Asian country to do so.

Sharing his experience, Najib said former Chinese premier Wen Jiabao, during his visits to Malaysia, would insist that Najib's mother Tun Rahah Mohammad Noah attended some of the events lined up for him.

"This is very unusual because leaders (of other governments) would take relations more as a go­vernment-to-government level but China has taken it as a family kind of relationship," he said of the Malaysia-China relations.

Observers said Najib had further nurtured the strong bonds esta­blished by his late father with China across a wide spectrum of activities, from trade and investment to education, agriculture, defence and people-to-people ties.

A Malaysian government official said Najib would likely push the Kuala Lumpur-Beijing trade agenda, eyeing the volume to be more than US$100bil (RM321bil) recorded last year.

A government official hinted that the trade volume with China could hit US$160bil (RM514bil) annually as underlined in the five-year economic and trade cooperation programme between the two countries.

Malaysia, he said, wanted to attract a portion of the projected outbound Chinese investment of US$500bil (RM1.6 trillion) over the next five years.

The Malaysian ambassador to China Datuk Iskandar Sarudin told the media on Monday that the close-knit ties between the two countries are demonstrated by the annual Malaysia-Xi'an Halal Food Festival Week, THO XIN YI reports.

"This is the third time we are ha­­ving this event at the historic Muslim Street.

"As far as I am concerned, Malaysia is the only country given the permission to host the food festival at one of the most visited places in this city," he said, adding that Najib would officiate at the festival during his visit here.

On the 40th anniversary of bila­teral ties, Iskandar said that five government-to-government agreements on the areas of defence, science and technology and trade would be signed during Najib's visit.


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