LUBOK ANTU, 31 March 2009: The minority Chinese Malaysians in Batang Ai have not been neglected in terms of development, the Barisan Nasional candidate for the seat, Malcolm Mussen Lamoh, said today.
In fact, the community has constantly been given attention by the government to ensure that they enjoy the opportunities just like the other communities, Mussen added.
“I will fight for the rights of the people in Batang Ai irrespective of whether they are the minority, like the Chinese [Malaysians],” he said during campaigning at the Lubok Antu market here.
Mussen is facing Parti Keadilan Rakyat’s (PKR) Jawah Gerang, in the by-election next Tuesday for the state seat which fell vacant following the death of Datuk Dublin Unting Ingkot of the BN in February.
Mussen, a former engineer with the Agriculture Department, said he was selected by the party leaders to contest the seat to serve the people irrespective of their race and he would use his experience as a government officer to ensure that the people were not left behind by development.
He denied that the government was implementing “instant mee” development in the constituency just to get the people’s support, saying that what it was implementing was for the long term.
A total of 274 of the 2,408 Chinese Malaysian constituents are registered voters. — Bernama