‘Don’t make it a racial issue’
> Nur Jazlan warns MCA over Pengkalan Rinting seat
PUTRAJAYA: Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamad yesterday warned MCA leaders not to turn the Pengkalan Rinting state seat into a racial issue.
Nur Jazlan, who is also the Pulai Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman, said he is not racist and his suggestion was made based on statistics that he had received.
“I never proposed for Umno to take the seat from MCA because the seat belongs to DAP. They (MCA) are the ones who should steal the seat back but they seem to accuse me, or rather Umno, of wanting to steal the seat from them,” Nur Jazlan said at a press conference after officiating the 2016 National Registration Day held at the Registration Department’s (JPN) headquarters.
“I only gave my suggestion based on facts and the cooperation spirit among BN parties.
“If I think that they can’t win, I can give a suggestion, but don’t accuse me of being a racist,” he added.
On Sunday, Nur Jazlan had proposed that Umno “borrow” the Pengkalan Rinting state seat from MCA in the next general election as a survey has shown that local Chinese voters are not ready yet to return to the MCA candidate.
He added he is confident that Umno would win the seat in the next general election and will return it to MCA when the political situation becomes more stable in the future.
MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong responded in the negative and described Nur Jazlan’s proposal as rude and not good for BN.
Pengkalan Rinting is one of two state seats in the Pulai parliamentary constituency.
It will be known as Perling under a proposed redelineation exercise by the Election Commission.
In the last general election in 2013, DAP’s Cheo Yee How won the seat with a 1,970vote majority over MCA’s Chang Mei Kee.
Meanwhile, Nur Jazlan said JPN is working with the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) to integrate a system to speed up the registration of deaths in the peninsula which are lodged through police stations.