Nong Chik slams Nurul Izzah for not contesting in Lembah Pantai

KUALA LUMPUR: Barisan Nasional's Lembah Pantai candidate Datuk Seri Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin has criticised incumbent MP Nurul Izzah Anwar for abandoning the people of the constituency to run for another seat.

He said voters had put their trust in the PKR candidate for two terms but she had let them down, whereas when he lost the seat in the last election, he continued to work for the people of the constituency.

"The incumbent served two terms and now has run away," he said this after he awarded a land title to the worshippers of the Sri Muneeswarar Alayam temple in Brickfields yesterday.

"I lost the last time, I even lost my minister's post in government but I still kept serving unlike the opposition who left after two terms," he added.

He said history will repeat itself with the new candidate.

He warned that if people chose to vote for the current opposition candidate, he too would leave the constituency for another seat one day.

"The new candidate looks even more hardworking than me now but it will be the same story in the next term," he said.

Raja Nong Chik, who was the former Federal Territories minister, said if given the mandate he will continue to push his initiatives for the constituency, namely to improve education and housing for the people.

Meanwhile Pakatan Harapan's candidate Fahmi Fadzil said his party has never deserted the constituency.

"We have never deserted the constituency, it's not about one individual only. I have been serving in this constituency in various capacities since 1999," he said when met at a meet-and-greet event at the Bangsar night market today.

Fahmi also hit back at Raja Nong Chik, calling into question his tenure as FT minister from 2009 to 2012.

"He was the minister between 2009 and 2012 but what has he done? Lots of problems we face today not only in Lembah Pantai but in KL we can trace back to his time, I think he should be called into account for the dereliction of duty of not gazetting the KL city plan 2020," he said.

"I believe Lembah Pantai has seen a lot of development despite us not having any say at all in the goings-on in DBKL and for me PKR has never deserted this area," he said.

Earlier, both candidates had bumped into each other at the night market where they embraced each other and wished each other good luck in their respective campaigns.