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Personality not poser for voters: Rafidah

KUALA TERENGGANU, 13 Jan 2009: Wanita Umno chief Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz said the personality of Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Farid was not a poser to voters in the Kuala Terengganu parliamentary constituency.

She said, voters who were met by party canvassers in their house-to-house campaign, had no complaint about Wan Ahmad’s personality.

As such, she said, the matter should not be blown out of proportion as it was only raised by some people who had their own reasons for doing so.

“Not a single report have I received about people not happy with how Wan Ahmad Farid looks. That puzzles me. When we go down, nobody talks. This thing is just coffeeshop talk, I think,” she told reporters at the Wanita Umno operations room here today.

Rafidah said that based on feedback received, voters only raised problems pertaining to untarred roads, clogged drains and other matters which concerned their daily life.

“So, I wish to stress here that there is no need to raise stories about the candidate, that he doesn’t smile, (or) he has arrogant face or (is) fierce-looking. We are not looking for a beauty queen, (or a ) Shahrukh Khan, (or) the man of our dreams. We want to choose a candidate who can work.

“The evaluation is, our BN candidate can be trusted to work and serve the Kuala Terengganu people. We are confident that he can work. Otherwise, his employer, which is the BN, the state government and the federal government, will take action against him,” she added.

Rafidah believed that voters would not be swayed by negative stories on Wan Ahmad Farid’s personality.

“Voters want things like this, a good home, good roads, because no matter how wide the smile the opposition can give, they can’ do it. No matter how pretty their (opposition) face and how friendly they are, they still can’t build the roads, improve the drains, because the state government is (under BN) and the federal government is (also under) BN,” she added.

On the progress of the movement’s election machinery, she said they had met more than 50% of the 80,229 voters in the constituency.

“[It] Looks like we can defend our seat. Our aim now is to ensure an increase in the percentage of voters who support BN,” she added. — Bernama


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