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4 March 2018
Nazri’s ‘secret weapon’ to win Chinese votes
RETIRED civil servant and long-time MCA member Margaret Kung is a staunch supporter of Tourism and Culture Minister Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz.
Unfazed by the ongoing spat between Nazri and her party leaders over business tycoon Robert Kuok, the 73-year-old told The Malaysian Insight she will be campaigning for Nazri in the next elections.
“He is very sincere and kind-hearted. He will always try his best to help the people,” Kung said about the five-term member of parliament in Padang Rengas, northern Perak.
Part of the fledging Padang Rengas Aunties Club, Chinese Malaysian homemakers like Kung in the rural constituency have become regular weekend guests at Nazri’s official residence in Kuala Kangsar.
An Umno Supreme Council member, Nazri is banking on the Aunties Club to win back Chinese votes in the 14th general election that must be held by August.
Individuals like Kung are crucial to propping up Nazri’s support as the latter’s open feud with MCA threatens to jeopardise the community’s support for Barisan Nasional.
A brainchild of Nazri, the three-year-old social club organises free local trips about twice a year for women in his constituency.
It also holds events for the poor and needy in the Chinese new villages around Padang Rengas.
“We have a lot of sponsors. We have been to Bentong (Pahang) and Johor. The accommodation and food are free. There is no restriction. Anyone can join,” said Kung.
With nearly 30,000 registered voters, Padang Rengas is 75% Malay, Chinese (15%) and Indian (10%).
Most of the constituents in the rural seat are rubber tappers and smallholders.
Nazri defended the seat against PKR but with a slim majority of 2,230 votes in 2013 and 1,749 majority in 2008.
The Umno veteran said Padang Rengas MCA boycotted and campaigned against him in the 2013 elections.
However, with the support of the Aunties Club, the Padang Rengas MP feels he does not need MCA to court Chinese voters in the constituency.
A maverick minister battles for 6th term in Padang Rengas
The Malaysian Insight is running a series on marginal parliamentary seats as the nation heads towards the 14th general election. In Padang Rengas, an outspoken Umno minister looks to win his seat for the sixth time.
OUTWARDLY, Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz seems to be under siege as he gets drawn deeper into a feud with MCA politicians – his allies in the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition.
It is a spat that the veteran minister and five-term MP cannot afford if he wants to retain the Padang Rengas parliamentary seat in GE14.
Nazri’s majority in the 13th general election was 2,230 votes, a margin that a determined Pakatan Harapan coalition is cautiously optimistic it can overcome.
Padang Rengas PKR chief Alias Ibrahim believes that rising cost of living and low rubber prices that have hit rural voters will turn people against BN.
But despite these challenges, Nazri, the outspoken tourism and culture minister, is confident that his personal touch and service record with constituents will carry the day.
A loyalist to Umno president Najib Razak, Nazri conceded that it would be a tough fight if he contests again.
“Ever since 2008, no general election can be considered easy for Barisan Nasional. After 2013, it gets tougher.
“If I’m nominated to represent BN again, I have to work hard to make sure I get as many votes as possible,” he told The Malaysian Insight.
Nazri takes a practical view towards winning elections, a strategy he learned from former prime minister now turned opposition chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
“Dr Mahathir used to tell me, he was my sifu. He said he needs only 50% of the vote plus one, that’s all, I agree with him totally.
“I don’t want to waste my time trying to get everybody to support me. I get 50% plus one that’s good enough, it will give me another five years. It’s practical.”
Members of the Aunties Club, a social club for Chinese villagers Nazri set up, would hang out at his residence during the weekends.
The Chinese make up 17% of Padang Rengas’ 28,518 voters, while Malays and Indians make up the rest at 76% and 16% respectively.
“To them, it’s a big deal. It’s a minister’s house and I’m hosting them. They gave me all these Chinese delicacies for Chinese New Year,” said the Umno Supreme Council member.
Club members told The Malaysian Insight that they are not bothered about the public spat between Nazri and MCA leaders over tycoon Robert Kuok.
9 March 2017
@chedetofficial: I can walk in the mud, no need for red carpet
Bersatu chairperson Dr Mahathir Mohamad does not want an elaborate welcome when he visits Padang Rengas, the stronghold of Umno supreme council member Nazri Abdul Aziz, next weekend.
Nazri, the Padang Rengas MP for five terms now, had previously stated that he would “roll out the red carpet” for Mahathir’s visit on March 25.
To this, Mahathir said there was no need for Nazri, the tourism and culture minister, to go out of his way.
“I think there is no need to spend money for that purpose. I can even walk on mud.
“I am not from a privileged background. I came from a commoner’s background, one who is used to walk around barefoot, so there is no need for a red carpet,” he told reporters in Putrajaya today.
Instead, Mahathir suggested, Nazri should use the money for other purposes.
8 March 2017
@chedetofficial heads to Padang Rengas, Nazri offers to roll out red carpet
Ex-prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad is scheduled to attend an event at Padang Rengas in Perak, which is the parliamentary constituency of his staunch critic, Tourism and Culture Minister Nazri Abdul Aziz.
The former premier’s aide confirmed with Malaysiakini that Mahathir would be present at the event on March 25.
Former information minister Zainuddin Maidin had also mentioned the event on Twitter this morning, claiming that Nazri would “flee when the senile old man attacks his area”.
Contacted later, Nazri said he was aware that Mahathir was coming to Padang Rengas.
“That is why I threw him the challenge (to contest in Padang Rengas). I didn’t issue the challenge out of nowhere.
“Since he is coming, I welcome him. If he wants, I can put out the red carpet for him also. I am ready to fight him anytime in Padang Rengas,” he told Malaysiakini.
In a blog posting later, Mahathir appeared to quash speculation of his return to parliament, by accusing Nazri of making an empty challenge when knowing that he did not intend to contest in the next general election.
On the same note, he said if Nazri insisted on challenging him, then the minister should agree to an open debate with him on 1MDB, the RM2.6 billion donation to Najib or the RM55 billion loan from China for the East Coast Railway Link project.
The former premier said he was also willing to debate on the BMF scandal, which Najib’s supporters have raised to run down Mahathir.
7 March 2017
Perak PKR wants to take on Nazri in Padang Rengas
Perak PKR is ready to take on incumbent Padang Rengas lawmaker Nazri Abdul Aziz in the next general election.
Party’s state information chief Siti Aishah Shaik Ismail said they will ensure that a qualified PKR candidate, representing Pakatan Harapan, will wrest the constituency, “which has been neglected by” Nazri.
According to her, PKR has been actively serving the people of Padang Rengas through its branch leaders.
“Even though the date of the next general election has not been confirmed, PKR, through its branches’ machinery, has managed to penetrate areas which were previously Umno-majority,” she said in a statement.
This comes following Nazri’s challenge to former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad to contest against him in Padang Rengas.
Mahathir then challenged the tourism and culture minister to face him in Langkawi instead.
6 March 2017
Zam takes a dig at ‘yellow-bellied’ Nazri
Zainuddin Maidin launched a vitriolic salvo against Tourism and Culture Minister Nazri Abdul Aziz for declining to accept the challenge to contest against Dr Mahathir Mohamad for the Langkawi parliament seat in the next polls.
Referring to a news report which quoted Nazri as saying that he was only willing to battle Mahathir on his own turf, Zainuddin, without mincing words, tweeted: “Pondan Padang Rengas”.
Padang Rengas is Nazri’s parliament constituency in Perak.
“Nazri is only willing to fight Mahathir in his own constituency. Still young, but afraid to fight against a senile old man,” added the former minister, better known as Zam.
According to Nazri, he cannot battle Mahathir in Langkawi because Umno’s seat allocation system did not allow him to move from Padang Rengas.
“Mahathir should know better. He was the BN president for many years and I shouldn’t have to teach him. He knows how the system works,” he told FMT.
‘Clear sign Dr M contesting in next GE’
Dr Mahathir Mohamad stepped down as prime minister in 2003, after more than two decades at the helm, but remains in the political forefront.
He was instrumental in ousting his handpicked successor Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, and is at present on the warpath against Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.
This time around, Mahathir has taken it to the next level by forming Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) and forging an alliance with political adversaries of the past.
Now, there is speculation that the 92-year-old former prime minister might contest in the forthcoming general election.
Speaking at an event yesterday, Mahathir reportedly challenged Tourism and Culture Minister Nazri Abdul Aziz to contest against him in Langkawi, Kedah.
“I am telling him to contest against me in Langkawi instead. That is, if I contest at all in the next general election,” he had said.
5 March 2017
BANGI: Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad has responded to a challenge from Umno’s Nazri Aziz by asking the latter to take him on in Langkawi in the next general election (GE14).
“I’m telling him to contest me in Langkawi instead. That is, if I contest at all in the next general election,” the former prime minister said at a press conference following a ceramah organised by Amanah here last night.
“He should know better that he serves the whole country, not only his constituency, Padang Rengas. So, why does he want me to go to his place? Come to my place instead,”, Mahathir said.
Yesterday, Nazri, who is tourism and culture minister, had reportedly challenged either Mahathir or PPBM president Muhyiddin Yassin to stand in his constituency of Padang Rengas, Perak in the next polls.
Jaguh Kampong Nzari challenges Mahathir to contest in his territory
4 March 2017
Nazri challenges Dr M, Muhyiddin to contest in Padang Rengas in GE14
PADANG RENGAS, March 4 — The Member of Parliament Padang Rengas Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz today threw a challenge to former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to contest in his constituency in the 14th General Election (GE14).
Nazri, who is also Tourism and Culture Minister decided to challenge the former prime minister after being informed that Dr Mahathir would be in Padang Rengas to join Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) tour series later this month.
He said if Dr Mahathir refused to take up the challenge, then it would be opened to PPBM President Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
“I understand that Muhyiddin would come here on March 23 and followed by Dr Mahathir on March 25. The visits symbolise how great I am as a politician because they feel the need to come here to beat me so it would be easier to bring down Umno.
“I want to say welcome to them but do not just come … they must also contest in Padang Rengas in the upcoming election, better if Mahathir to contest but if he can’t then let Muhyiddin contest as my opponent,” he said.
He was speaking to reporters after the Leader Meets with Single Mothers Association of Padang Rengas Parliamentary constituency session at Dewan Pusat Khidmat Kampung Kubang Panjang here today.