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Vote for Lokman to ensure 'strong' opposition voice, pleads Najib

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SG KANDIS POLLS | In an 11th-hour plea, former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak urged the voters in Sungai Kandis to vote for BN candidate Lokman Noor Adam in tomorrow's by-election.

In a Facebook post, the former BN chairperson said this is to ensure the state government does not get "arrogant" to the extent of ignoring the people's voice, and for the sake of having a vocal opposition.

"If a party is too strong, be it at the state or federal level, the government will be become arrogant, until the voice and the interests of the rakyat will be ignored.

"It is happening now. The Selangor government has started pulling back welfare incentives that were given previously. Previous promises are not being kept," Najib wrote.

In an updated post, Najib also cited the Selangor government's purchase of water concessionaire Splash for "10 times more" than what former menteri besar Khalid Ibrahim had wanted to pay for it.

The state government had finalised the purchase of Splash today for RM2.55 billion.

Najib also claimed the Harapan government was making up excuses to not fulfil its election manifesto."In the last two months, the Pakatan Harapan government has warned that the prices of things may go up, that the free water initiative is being reviewed and that the charge for free plastic bags in Selangor will be increased. Various excuses are being made up to justify why election promises are not being kept," he added.

Hence, Najib stressed, it is important for the people of Sungai Kandis, and Selangorians in general, to have a strong opposition and a lawmaker who dares to voice out against the administration, to ensure the people's aspirations are fulfilled and rights are guarded under the constitution.

The former Umno president then listed down Lokman's "achievements" and credentials.

"He (Lokman) was sacked from Umno for standing up to the tyranny committed against Anwar Ibrahim in 1999. As a fighter of the Reformasi movement, he was jailed for 1,000 days under the Internal Security Act. After that, Lokman was also sacked from PKR for raising the issue of misappropriation of funds by the leadership of Keadilan.

"Lokman is also highly educated, with a Master's degree in management from the Tun Razak University. He is also a proven champion of the (Malay) race, religion, and the country, who will not stop at nothing to uphold justice," Najib said.

Hence, Lokman should be given the mandate tomorrow, Najib concluded.

Lokman faces PKR's Mohd Zawawi Ahmad Mughni and independent candidate K Murthy.

The Sungai Kandis state seat fell vacant following the death of former PKR incumbent Mat Shuhaimi Shafiei on July 2 due to lymphoma.

In the May 9 general election, Suhaimi won the seat with a 12,480-vote majority.

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