KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 16 — Perikatan Nasional’s (PN) Segambut candidate Vythilingam Prabagaran has promised to build a government clinic for his constituency if elected.
Prabagaran held that the only other public health clinic in Segambut was a maternal and child clinic that could not meet the needs of the adults in Segambut.
“Amongst my visions and missions in Segambut is [till today], there is no government clinic in Segambut. The only one is a mother’s and children’s clinic, but where are the adults going to go?
“So, when I get the mandate from the voters of Segambut, I will tell the higher-ups to build a government clinic in Segambut,” said Prabagaran during the PN Best People gathering in Taman Keramat field last Monday.
The PN candidate is contesting the Segambut parliamentary seat in Kuala Lumpur against incumbent Hannah Yeoh from Pakatan Harapan (PH) and Barisan Nasional’s (BN) Daniel Ling in the 15th general election.
Kicking off with a marching band and a performance by the Blues Gang, the gathering was more rock concert than political rally, with a few social media influencers present at the scene.
The mood, however, was swiftly dampened by the incoming storm that saw some voters leave the water-logged field that resembled more marshland than field by the end of the rally.
The Vibes reported that there were hundreds of empty seats with the inclement weather deterring many from attending the event.
In spite of the weather, voters who stayed remained stalwart and roared their support as their favourite election candidates took to the stage.
Among party leaders present at the event were PN’s prime minister designate Muhyiddin Yassin; Bersatu vice president Radzi Jidin; and Bersatu supreme council member Mohamed Azmin Ali.
Apart from Prabagaran’s promise of a public health clinic for Segambut, PN’s Setiawangsa candidate Nurul Fadzilah Kamaluddin stated that she intends to set up a soup kitchen, especially for public housing residents.
“We will create Dapur Setia Prihatin for targeted groups to get hot and nutritious food, in particular, to PPR flats,” said Nurul Fadzilah, who was also at the campaign rally.
Nurul Fadzilah is contesting the Setiawangsa federal seat in the capital city against incumbent Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad (PH) and BN’s Izudin Ishak, among others.
The final speaker of the night and the speaker receiving the loudest cheers from the crowd was Muhyiddin, whom the crowd called “Abah”, paying tribute to his moniker “Father of Movement Control Orders (MCO)” that was given critically by Anwar.
Muhyiddin, proud of the title, spoke of his 17 months as prime minister and how his leadership had led to saved lives during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“During the time I led the country as prime minister, today, it is said Malaysia has almost exited the endemic stage. After more than two years of the pandemic, a big portion of Malaysian lives were saved by the quick actions of the Perikatan Nasional government at that time,” declared Muhyiddin, who is PN chairman and Bersatu president.
“All of you here today have already been vaccinated. In your body, there is a contribution from the government. Perikatan Nasional manages your money so that your life is saved.
“Praise God, today, all of you present here are saved from Covid-19. Only a few have died or left this world. After that is the question of managing the country’s economy. Not easy, people, because I took actions that were extraordinary and decisive to save your lives.
“We imposed movement control orders or PKP. Indeed, I don’t like it. You also don’t like it. But what to do, because the situation was quite urgent. If there was no PKP, you would still go there and here, there and here, there and here.”
In an earlier statement, the former prime minister had defended his decision to put Malaysia under “total lockdown” during his 17-month stint as prime minister, saying that decisions made were based on the best available evidence.
Malaysia’s Covid-19 death rate per capita is among the highest in Asia, with more than 36,500 fatalities officially recorded as of yesterday.
Muhyiddin will be defending his seat in Pagoh, Johor, against PH’s Iskandar Shah Abdul Rahman and BN’s Razali Ibrahim.