Friday, May 16, 2014

Ramkarpal vexed by naughty posters

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GEORGE TOWN: DAP by-election candidate Ramkarpal Singh Deo is upset over the appearance of posters in Bukit Gelugor alleging that he supports hudud law. 

Speaking at a press conference here today, he said he might make a police report. “The poster is definitely not from us,” he said. 

“We urge for a fair and clean campaign. This is not right.” Similar posters have appeared on Facebook and other social media sites, but some of those found last night on building walls and other structures in the constituency have since been removed. 

The Bukit Gelugor parliament seat fell vacant on April 17 with the death of Ramkarpal’s father, Karpal Singh. Ramkarpal, 38, is contesting against Parti Cinta Malaysia vice-president Huan Cheng Guan, 53, and two independent candidates—Mohamed Nabi Bux Mohamed Abdul Sathar, 63, and lawyer Abu Backer Sidik, 46. Barisan Nasional has decided not to contest. 

The late Karpal has always opposed the implementation of hudud, saying it would go against the Federal Constitution. Ramkarpal said he held the same opinion. 

“Nothing has changed,” he said. “We are consistent in being against implementation of hudud.” Ramkarpal, accompanied by DAP leaders Lim Kit Siang, Chow KonYeow and Gobind Singh Dep, bumped into Huan this morning at the Bandar Baru Air Itam wet market. 

“We shook hands and wished each other the best of luck,” Huan told FMT. Unlike the two independent candidates, Huan and Ramkarpal have been visiting voters and local community leaders on their campaign trail since nomination day. 

Ramkarpal, although a favourite to win, has said DAP still needed to work hard to retain the seat. When asked on his chances, Huan said it was too premature to say. “It has only been three days of campaigning,” he said. 

“There are still ten days to go.” Polling is on May 25. -