By Boo Su-Lyn (The Malaysian Insider)
June 11, 2011
Azmin speaking at the launch of PKR’s ‘Jelajah Selangor Tawan Putrajaya’ (Jelas) campaign on June 11, 2011. — Picture by Choo Choy May
TANJONG KARANG, June 11 — PKR deputy president Azmin Ali called Datuk Seri Najib Razak “uncivilised” today for urging Umno to recapture the country’s wealthiest state, Selangor, with whatever “weapon was at their disposal”.
The prime minister said last month that Umno must forget it lost the central state to Pakatan Rakyat (PR) in 2008, but rise to win it back.
“I want to ask Najib, what does he mean ‘at all cost’?” said Azmin at the launch of PKR’s “Jelajah Selangor Tawan Putrajaya” (Jelas) campaign here today.
“Kill? C4 (bombs)? Rob? Snatch? Blow up? Bribe? This is a statement of an uncivilised prime minister who doesn’t believe in democracy,” he added.
Azmin also pointed out that PR only needed swing votes of 2.8 per cent in Sabak Bernam and 3.1 per cent in Pandan to win the parliamentary seats.
Umno’s Datuk Abdul Rahman Bakri is the Sabak Bernam MP while MCA’s Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat is the Pandan MP.
Azmin said PR was ready to wrest the Tanjong Karang parliamentary seat from Selangor Umno deputy chief Datuk Seri Noh Omar in the next general election that is expected to be called within a year.
“Even though Tanjong Karang is not represented by Keadilan but PAS, we want to tell Najib that our ties in Pakatan Rakyat are strong enough,” said the Gombak MP at a hall packed with some 200 PKR members.
“Our goal is one: Umno must be buried in the coming election,” he added.
Noh, who is the minister of agriculture and agro-based industry, retained the Tanjong Karang constituency by defeating PAS’s Mohamed Hanipa Maidin with a 3,820-vote majority.
Umno won the Sungai Burung and Permatang state seats in the Tanjong Karang constituency.
PKR also launched its election machinery in Selangor and its Wanita wing’s “Jelajah Kampung” (Wajah) campaign today.
Selangor PKR Wanita chief Haniza Talha said there was poor response among women to the party’s programmes during the first phase of the Jelas campaign.
“We want to find new voters, especially women… in rural areas… who do not support us because our message hasn’t reached them,” said Haniza.