Barisan Nasional candidate for the Lembah Pantai parliamentary seat Shahrizat Abdul Jalil has asked voters in the constituency to choose the person who will work for them and the government.
She told Bernama in an interview that it was about choosing the candidate who had the backing of the government to collectively work for the well-being of voters.
Shahrizat called on voters to ensure the practicality of their choice, adding that the BN had been tried and tested for the last 50 years.
She said her record speaks for itself.
Shahrizat is defending the seat for the fourth time. She is in a three-cornered fight this time. One of her challengers is female and young -- 27 year-old Nurul Izzah Anwar, eldest child of former Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim who is Parti Keadilan Rakyat advisor. The other is independent candidate Periasamy Nagarathnam, a former MIC member.
In her debut in Lembah Pantai in 1995, she faced Semangat 46 candidate Tun Salleh Abas (former Lord President) and won. In 1999, she beat Keadilan's Zainur Zakaria, a lawyer and in 2004 she beat Dr Sanusi Osman (Keadilan).
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You know what. I am glad I am not voting in this constituency.
The contest in Lembah Pantai is really between Shahrizat and Nurul Izzah.
Therefore, I'd have a problem marking an "X" on the ballot paper because I honestly like them both..
(Oh...why did Keadilan field Nurul Izzah in Lembah Pantai!)
I know Shahrizat is hardworking and she "turun padang" regularly to look into the problems of her constituents. She is a good wakil rakyat and one of the better Cabinet Ministers. She is.
Nurul Izzah? I've known her since she was a toddler when her parents used to visit Bapak on the first day of Eid.
She is not tested but I'd give her a chance because I think she deserves to be given that chance.
So you see why I am so happy I'm not voting in Lembah Pantai.
I know Shahrizat is the incumbent and strong in Lembah Pantai, backed by the party machinery.
I also know that she is not taking any chances and regards Nurul Izzah to be a pretty formidable opponent.
I think that Nurul Izzah will get a lot of sympathy and protest votes.
Aaah...so much easier in my Bukit Gasing constituency.