Monday June 18, 2012
I’m not sure of victory in Bagan, says Guan Eng
BUKIT MERTAJAM: Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng played the underdog card by saying that he is not 100% sure if Bagan voters would back him in the coming general election.
Lim, who is Bagan MP, said it was up to voters to decide on whom they want to vote.
He said this when commenting on the big crowd at a function graced by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin in Taman Tanjung Aman off Jalan Raja Uda here on Saturday. Bagan, previously known as Mata Kuching, had been an Opposition stronghold in Penang since 1986.
The seat was held by (Tun) Dr Ling Liong Sik from 1974 till 1986. In 1986, Ling moved to Johor and won the Labis parliamentary seat.
Lim challenged Muhyiddin to contest in Bagan if he was confident that the people would vote for him.
“I welcome Muhyiddin’s decision to visit Bagan but I could not attend the function as I was not invited,” he said to reporters after a dialogue with community leaders in the Bukit Mertajam parliamentary constituency here yesterday.
On Muhyiddin’s statement that he (Lim) must take responsibility for hillslope developments in the state, Lim said: “I think he is not himself because of the election fever.”
He reiterated that the hillslope projects in Penang were approved by the previous Barisan Nasional state government.