Muhyiddin charms voters with two new schools
By Adib Zalkapli
PORT DICKSON, Sept 28 – Less than 24 hours before the announcement of the Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate for the Bagan Pinang by-election, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced the construction of two new schools in the state constituency.
One new primary school, costing RM18 million, will be built at Taman Intan Perdana, situated some 15 kilometres from Port Dickson town centre.
The deputy prime minister said in his speech at the new school’s ground-breaking ceremony cum Hari Raya open house that he has been receiving requests from the locals for a new secondary school.
Muhyiddin added that a new secondary school costing RM20 million will also be built once a suitable site is found.
“I hope these schools can be completed within an appropriate time frame, so that teachers and students can use them in the near future,” said Muhyiddin.
In his speech, the BN election director dismissed the suggestion that the two new schools were election gifts, saying that educational development is the responsibility of the BN-led government.
Muhyiddin, who is also the Education Minister, also announced the allocation of RM3.8 million for the restoration and upgrading works for schools in Bagan Pinang.
The Bagan Pinang vote is widely expected to end PR’s winning streak in all by-elections in the peninsula since last year’s general election due to the high number of postal voters which are traditionally considered a reliable vote bank for the BN.
Muhyiddin is scheduled to announce the BN candidate at the coalition’s Hari Raya open house here, tomorrow afternoon.
Nomination for the Bagan Pinang by-election will be on Oct 3 while polling has been set for Oct 11.
The by-election was called following the death on Sept 4 of Umno’s Azman Mohammad Noor, who defeated PAS’s Ramli Ismail by some 2,000 votes last year.
Bagan Pinang is an Umno stronghold situated within the Teluk Kemang parliamentary constituency represented by PKR’s Datuk Kamarul Baharin Abbas.
Apart from Bagan Pinang, Umno also won the neighbouring Linggi state seat in last year’s election, while PR controls three other state seats in Teluk Kemang — Chuah (PKR), Lukut (DAP) and Port Dickson (PKR).