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Vote one of your own, Kurup tells Kajang folk

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Modified 18 Mar 2014, 4:20 am

DAY 6 KAJANG What’s happening in the by-election campaign in the state constituency of Kajang? Quotable quotes, planned events and unplanned incidents as they take place.

5.30pm: Minister in Prime Minister's Office Joseph Kurup hands out goodies in his 'Sayangi Komuniti' programme organised by the Kajang Rukun Tetangga, that is under the government's National Unity Department.

At the event at Kampung Bukit Angkat, Sungai Chuah, Kajang, senior citizens, single mothers and other disadvantaged persons receive rice, wheelchairs and other necessities and shopping vouchers.

As most of the recipients are Chinese, Kurup's speech in Bahasa Malaysia is translated to Mandarin.

"Vote for BN's candidate for political stability," says Kurup.

"Vote for BN's candidate for peace and unity of the country."

"Vote for BN's candidate that is one one of your own," Kurup pleads about 80 participants, who were mostly Chinese.

Editor's note: The final paragraph on the post timestamped 5.30pm has been amended after it was pointed out that there was a translation error. Details here .

1.30pm: MCA deputy president Wee Ka Siong slams PKR for distributing campaign flyers that he claims belittles the Chinese-based party.

In a press conference held at MCA's Kajang by-election main operations centre, Wee shows the Chinese version of the flyers that criticise the party's hasty decision to rejoin the cabinet.

To this, Wee says it is PKR that is obsessed with power, as the party's de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim created the Kajang by-election to get at the Selangor mentri besar post.

"So why the Kajang by-election? It is because of Anwar who wants to be mentri besar desperately?

"Why does he want to go to Putrajaya for? To be a labourer? To process his passport there?

"He wants Putrajaya because he wants a governmental post," says Wee.

At MCA's extraordinary general meeting last month, the party unanimously voted to go back on their pre-general election vow to stay out of the cabinet should they fare badly.

Their rush to revoke their vow, despite MCA's worst electoral showing in the 13th general election, has drawn derision from the opposition and critics alike.

12pm: PKR's Khalid Jaafar announces the party is issuing a leaflet titled 'Ten reason Wan Azizah Wan Ismail is the most suitable candidate for the Kajang by election'.

Khalid says the leaflet will counter allegations and campaign criticisms by BN who tries to discredit her by saying she's a puppet or a normal housewife.

"This leaflet will be issued immediately. It has our party's name and is legitimate, unlike most leaflets being distributed here," he tells reporters at the party's by election headquarters in Sg Sekamat today.

10:20am: Wan Azizah continues her walkabout at Sri Subramaniya Swamy temple. In her speech she says she really needs the support of Kajang voters to win the election.

When asked later about her defaced poster, the wife of PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim only tells Malaysiakini, "Where? I didn't even know."

10.15am: A rainy and peaceful day in Kajang can get no better, as both candidates visit places of worship to interact with Kajang voters.

BN's Chew Mei Fun visits Holy Family Church at Jalan Gereja, Kajang while PKR's Wan Azizah Wan Ismail meets with the local Sikh community at their Gurdwara Sahib temple in Kampung Jambu ( below ).

Accompanying her to speak to the crowd of about 50 is Kajang's former assemblyperson Lee Kim Sin.

Both camps have scheduled an almost full day's walkabout today as most of the voters are home on their Sunday break.

The relatively calm campaign period at its mid point today has however been marred by several reports of sabotage and damaged campaign materials, some verified and some not.

9am: Chew Mei Fun regrets those who spoil the campaign by putting up insulting banners and removing campaign posters.

She calls for the two contesting sides to have a healthy contest, stressing such actions are unacceptable.

"These kinds of things disrupt the campaign, it's not a healthy culture," she says.

"I call on everyone to be respectful of one another and to show off campaign materials in an orderly manner," she says when met at the compound of Masjid Jamek in Kajang earlier this morning.

Her comments follow reports that her posters have been removed and discarded in several places in the town.

However, Chew is not the only victim, as this morning Malaysiakini also finds PKR candidate Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail's banner at nearby Kampung Jambu for this evening's event defaced.

8:30am: Light to medium rain has graced the town since 6:30am making the sleepy Sunday morning seem lazier and clearing up a some of the haze.

A cycling event by BN candidate Chew Mei Fun and Deputy Finance Minister Ahmad Maslan planned at Bandar Kajang mosque this morning is forced to cancel as the rain falls much to everyone's relief.

Ahmad Maslan appears disappointed saying he wanted to promote cycling for health and it is good hobby for the people of Kajang.

"Some people love riding motorcycles, some prefers cycling," he tells waiting reporters before leaving with his entourage from the mosque's compound.