‘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.

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