Deputy PM: Unity Government Parties Have Strategies to Win Kuala Kubu Baharu By-Election

Unity Govt parties vow to ensure victory in Kuala Kubu Baharu by-election, but Bersih criticizes RM5.21M allocation as vote-buying ahead of poll.

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Deputy PM: Unity Government Parties Have Strategies to Win Kuala Kubu Baharu By-Election

Deputy PM: Unity Government Parties Have Strategies to Win Kuala Kubu Baharu By-Election

Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi stated that the parties in the Unity Government have their own methods to ensure their candidate wins the Kuala Kubu Baharu state by-election on May 11. Zahid, who is also the Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman, said this was discussed at the Unity Government secretariat meeting on Wednesday.

"Certainly each party within the Unity Government has its ways to ensure the victory of our candidate," Zahid mentioned at the meeting, according to sources present.

This comes after MCA and MIC, component parties of BN, indicated they would not campaign in the by-election if the chosen candidate was not from BN. The MCA political development committee announced that the party will not campaign if the candidate is not from Barisan Nasional.

The Kuala Kubu Baharu seat became vacant following the demise of its incumbent, Lee Kee Hiong, from DAP, on March 21. The Election Commission has set the polling day for May 11, with nomination and early voting on April 27 and May 7, respectively.

Why this matters: The Kuala Kubu Baharu by-election is a key test for the Unity Government parties to demonstrate their ability to work together and secure electoral victories. The outcome could have implications for the stability and longevity of the coalition government.

Meanwhile, the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih) has criticized the RM5.21 million allocation announcement by Housing and Local Government Minister Nga Kor Ming for Hulu Selangor residents ahead of the by-election. Bersih said the move is seen as an attempt to sway voters and buy their support, urging the government to cease this unethical practice which contradicts the principle of fair political competition in elections.

Nga has denied that the allocation is related to the by-election, stating that his ministry chose the area because of its "good feng shui." Selangor Perikatan Nasional chief Azmin Ali accused DAP of practicing dirty money politics to secure votes, but Selangor DAP vice-chairman Ng Suee Lim denied the accusations, saying the minister was simply fulfilling his responsibilities to the people.

Key Takeaways

  • Unity Govt parties have own methods to ensure Kuala Kubu Baharu by-election win
  • MCA, MIC won't campaign if BN candidate not chosen for the by-election
  • Kuala Kubu Baharu by-election is a key test for Unity Govt's stability
  • Bersih criticizes RM5.21M allocation by minister ahead of by-election as vote-buying
  • Selangor PN chief accuses DAP of dirty money politics, DAP denies the claim