IPOH: Wanita Gerakan chief Tan Lian Hoe says the 14th General Election (GE14) will be free from defamation and lies if it falls during the fasting month of Ramadan.
Pointing to the by-elections held in Kuala Kangsar and Sungai Besar as examples, she said the party would not have any issues with this as holding GE14 during the holy month would not disrupt the electoral process.
“I think it will be more peaceful because elections are the time for us to elect leaders of calibre and high integrity, and not to throw insults at a (political) party or candidate during the campaign,” she told a press conference after attending a Chinese New Year celebration here yesterday.
Tan dismissed the notion that holding GE14 during Ramadan would give Barisan Nasional (BN) the advantage.
“Most importantly, the people just want a candidate that will be able to help them and not one who is only good at giving promises but does not walk the talk.”
On Tourism and Culture Minister Mohamed Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz’s appearance in black at a Chinese New Year celebration in Kedah, Tan said she hoped the issue could be resolved internally by Umno as it involved racial sensitivities.
Nazri’s outfit had triggered controversy as he was alleged to have deliberately violated Chinese taboo by wearing black.
The minister was also said to have offended the Chinese community when commenting on billionaire Robert Kuok after a blogger claimed the tycoon had been financing various political parties to overthrow the government. – Bernama