KUALA LUMPUR, March 12 (Bernama) -- Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi wants the Barisan Nasional (BN) machinery to wrest back the Bandar Tun Razak Parliamentary constituency after being under the opposition for nine years.
He firmly wanted the machinery of every component party in the parliamentary area to co-operate to enable BN to triumph in the area.
"For nine years we are embraced by sufferings, nine years we are baked in the hot sun, nine years are in the rain and nine years we are in the drain of misery.
"This is the time we wrest back the seat and present it to BN," he said at a ceremony to launch the Bandar Tun Razak general election machinery at Laman Tun Razak here tonight.
Also present were BN secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, UMNO Bandar Tun Razak chief Datuk Rizalman Mokhtar, BN component party leaders and party machinery.
Recalling the history of the setting up Bandar Tun Razak, Ahmad Zahid, who is also BN Deputy Chairman, said its success was spurred by urbanisation programmes which were created by the BN government to help village residents eke out a living on the fringe of the city.
As such, he reminded the community in the area to be thankful and not to forget the progress implemented by the government all these while.
"Try to remember that when we drive, in front there is a mirror for us to see, to go to the right, take a corner or go straight. The mirror is the history in the setting up of Bandar Tun Razak and its surrounding areas, it is the deeds of UMNO and BN.
"Nine years is enough, the memories (of being under the opposition) its history should be extinguished because we want to reciprocate what UMNO and Barisan Nasional and the Malaysian government did to Bandar Tun Razak residents," he said.
In the meantime, Ahmad Zahid wanted the MCA and Gerakan machinery in the area to get the support of the Chinese voters to vote BN at GE14.
"We close the chapters of history on the mistakes of GE12 and GE13...I give empowerment to the MCA and the Gerakan to pull all Chinese voters to support BN because what we do for the Chinese is what we do for the Malays," he said, adding the government's concern for Indians.
He also announced an allocation of RM600,000 to upgrade the Bandar Tun Razak area including upgrading the public hall, changing tanks and roofs of Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Bandar Tasik Selatan and the infrastructure of the Alam Damai market.
In addition to the allocation, Ahmad Zahid also instructed Tengku Adnan as the Federal Territories Minister to issue letters of offer to eligible applicants of public housings before the end of April.