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04 Mei 2013

GE13: CANDIDATES SHAKE HANDS WHEN MET CAMPAIGNING AT MORNING MARKET

By STEVEN DANIEL
stevend@thestar.com.my
Photo by ABDUL RAHMAN EMBONG

On the rounds :Goh meeting voters during his election campaign at the farmers market, Tangkak. On the rounds :Goh meeting voters during his election campaign at the farmers market, Tangkak.
 
TANGKAK: Tangkak Barisan Nasional candidate Goh Tee Tee is still proving to be a popular figure among the people in his constituency as seen in his recent visit to the farmer’s market here.

The Tangkak incumbent was seen at the Sunday market at 7.30am, meeting and greeting excitedly the people there, many also exchanged warm greetings with their local resident turned politician.

“The people from all over Tangkak and the nearby areas always come here to buy their supply of vegetables, fish and meat. It is an excellent chance for me to meet with the voters in my constituency,” he said.

His opponent from DAP, Ee Chin Li was also present at the market wooing the morning shoppers but it was Goh who attracted most of the crowd who greeted him warmly, hugged him, held up his hands in support, had stickers supporting Barisan pasted on their motorcycles and openly promised to throw their support for him come election day.

“They don’t treat me just as a politician, but as a close friend or family member because I am a Tangkak born and raised as well as served the community diligently for many years.

“Although the national anti establishment feeling had begun seeping into the minds of the people here, they also know how active and frequent I meet with all the people here,” he said.

No sooner, both Ledang parliamentary candidates, Barisan’s Hamim Samsuri and PKR’s Hassan Abdul Karim came along.

Later both candidates mingled with the crowd before crossing paths with each other and offered a handshake.

“We don’t have any hatred and animosity towards our opponents. We might be from different parties but ultimately we are all human beings and we wish to have one of the safest and fairest elections compared to the rest of the country,” Hamim said.

Meanwhile, Ee was philosophical of his slightly muted reception from the morning shoppers.

“Compared to 2008 and two years ago, we (Pakatan) barely received any response from the people here. But now, we have more people freely accepting our pamphlets and some of them even come to us to ask for it,” he said.

PKR’s Hassan Karim also expressed satisfaction by the crowd’s response saying the duo received a warm reception from the crowd with many of them expressing hope that if Pakatan came into power, the food prices and other basic necessities would drop.

SOURCE: THE STAR, MAY 04, 2013

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