Malaysia: Opposition using aggressive tactics

Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

BUKIT MERTAJAM: The Opposition parties are carrying out aggressive tactics in the Perma­tang Pauh by-election after realising that Barisan Nasional has received an increasing amount of support from the people this time, says Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

"There have been incidents of outsiders doing provocative acts here with the aim of tarnishing Barisan's image. We have never employed anyone to create provocation.

"I advise everyone to remain calm and ac­­cept the fact that the people's mandate is the ultimate power in determining who will re­­­present Permatang Pauh in Parliament," he told a press conference after launching the state-level Workers' Day assembly at the Politeknik Seberang Perai in Permatang Pauh yesterday.

Earlier in his speech, Dr Ahmad Zahid, who is also Barisan director for the Permatang Pauh by-election, said a "wind of change" in Permatang Pauh had arrived.

"The people of Permatang Pauh have rea­lised the heavy price they have had to pay because of the lack of development in their constituency."

At another function, Dr Ahmad Zahid said the Election Commission's proposal for future assemblymen and MPs to have a credit in Bahasa Melayu in SPM is not an issue.

This is because despite being a multi-racial society, Malaysians must know the national language, he added.