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Bung Moktar challenges Wan Saiful to 'battle' for Kinabatangan seat

The Star Online logo The Star Online 12/3/2018 Victoria Brown

PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin in an open letter has challenged Wan Saiful Wan Jan to “battle” for his Kinabatangan parliamentary seat.   

Wan Saiful, who is Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia’s policy and strategy bureau deputy chairman, had criticised Bung Moktar’s statement that the high-rate of obesity in the country is a sign of prosperity.   

Wan Saiful said that it shows Bung Moktar is detached from the reality on the ground, and labelled him and other Umno MPs as “lacking in class and intellect”.   

“Do you think that your jump-into-new-ship move makes you sound brilliant enough to label someone else as unintelligent?” questioned Bung Moktar.   

In an open letter he shared on Monday, Bung Moktar said despite criticisms he received in regards to his “spoken thoughts”, the voters in Kinabatangan have been “falling in love” with him since he started politics in 1999.   

“I have been popularly known as one of the senior BN politicians who is hardly beaten by my political enemies,” he said.   

“In short, I can’t be easily fought by any contenders,” he added.   

Bung Moktar has been Kinabatangan MP since 1999, winning the seat in the past four elections.   

“Dare to battle with me in P187 (Kinabatangan) in the coming GE14,” he challenged Wan Saiful, the former CEO for think tank Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (Ideas).   

Bung Moktar said that he can speak well with his voters in Kinabatangan, and understands their languages.   

He said he not only visits his constituency regularly, but he also responds to their “day-to-day demands” and speaks up about the hardships they experience so that the Government solves their problems quickly.   

Bung Mokhtar Radin wearing a suit and tie © Provided by The Star Online

Bung Moktar said that his remark on obesity has been "misinterpreted”.   

“I had to use a metaphor to deliver my intended message: ‘How can you say that our Malaysians are poorly-concerned by the government as they are still able to survive with adequate sources of foods that could be fed to them all day, every day?"   

He said that he made his statement to counter the Opposition’s accusation that Malaysia is going to face bankruptcy, which is untrue.   

“I do not want the people, especially my voters, to be swayed by the Opposition’s unproven accusations,” he said. 

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