Sunday, March 29, 2009

Barisan and Pakatan peace pact for by-election


Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat have made a pact not to provoke each other in the run-up to the Bukit Selambu by-election.

Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said he made the pact with his PKR counterpart Azmin Ali.

“We hope no one will breach the agreement made,” he said after visiting the Barisan headquarters for Bukit Selambau by-election in Taman Aman Jaya here Sunday.

Azmin, when contacted, said he and Hishammuddin had discussed the roles of the parties to ensure it would be a “healthy” campaign.

“I also spoke to (Umno Youth vice chairman) Datuk Razali Ibrahim.

“We agreed to make sure the campaign proceeds according to the rules and regulations of the Election Commission.

“We will abide by the law, and make sure there is no provocation on either side.

“I give my word that PKR and Pakatan Rakyat will campaign in a good manner. We hope Umno Youth will also give its co-operation so that no untoward incident happens here,” he said.

In Taiping Sunday morning, the nomination process for the Bukit Gantang parliamentary seat was marred by a couple of untoward incidents when Barisan supporters pelted water bottles at a vehicle ferrying DAP chairman Karpal Singh while newly elected Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar was heckled by PAS supporters.

Hishammuddin, who is leading the Barisan election machinery in Bukit Selambau, said that Khairy will be overseeing the “hot spots” for Barisan in Bukit Selambau.

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