MACC to vet polls hope­fuls

New Straits Times - - News -

PE­TAL­ING JAYA: Ger­akan has sub­mit­ted the pro­files of 45 po­ten­tial can­di­dates to be vet­ted by the Malaysian Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (MACC).

Ger­akan pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong said the list in­cluded party mem­bers who started serv­ing the con­stituen­cies two years ago.

“These co­or­di­na­tors have been car­ry­ing out their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in the re­spec­tive con­stituen­cies as­signed to them.

“They are co­or­di­na­tors and have helped strengthen the party in the con­stituen­cies,” he said.

Mah said he was con­fi­dent Ger­akan would do bet­ter and hoped the party would re­gain sev­eral seats in Pe­nang.

“It is dif­fer­ent from what we faced in 2008 and 2013, es­pe­cially with the ex­ist­ing prob­lems faced by the Pe­nang govern­ment,” he said.

When asked what were the im­me­di­ate changes Ger­akan would make if the party re­cap­tured Pe­nang, Mah said it would be ad­dress­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal prob­lems.

“There is too much de­vel­op­ment in Pe­nang and that is the cause of more ‘bo­tak hills’ (de­for­esta­tion).

“We will re­lease a blue­print for Pe­nang at a suit­able time and this blue­print will ad­dress the prob­lems faced by the B40 group.

“Al­le­ga­tions that our econ­omy will slump in Septem­ber are not true. In re­al­ity, our econ­omy has been im­prov­ing, es­pe­cially in the palm oil sec­tor.

“The Euro­pean Union is say­ing that Malaysia’s palm oil sec­tor has not met sus­tain­abil­ity re­quire­ments.

“In a month’s time, I will travel to the EU with my In­done­sian coun­ter­part to meet the Euro­pean par­lia­men­tar­i­ans to ex­plain the mis­con­cep­tions about our palm oil sec­tor.”

The EU is the largest ex­port desti­na­tion for Malaysian palm oil and palm oil prod­ucts with ex­ports val­ued at RM10 bil­lion last year.

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