BERITA DAILY LETTER: From Muralitharan Ramachandran, via e-mail
Barisan Nasional candidate Loga Bala Mohan faces a tough three-cornered battle for the Segambut parliamentary seat.
He has to defeat PKR candidate Hannah Yeoh of DAP and PAS man Muhammad Soleh Abdul Razak to wrestle back the seat which BN had lost for the past two terms.
In theory, Loga’s main challenger will be Hannah, the pre-election favourite.
Although this is his electoral debut, Loga nonetheless is not a new kid in Malaysian political sphere.
He has climbed up steadily on myPPP’s ladder for past 25 years to become the current party vice-president.
Loga is well known in Kuala Lumpur as he served as the Federal Territory Deputy Minister for past five years.
Observers noted that Loga had to win over the Chinese voters, who make up over 60% of the electorate.
Sensing this, Loga and his team of dedicate party members and supporters are working overtime to grab Segambut from DAP.
The myPPP leader has a proven track record of serving the people of Kuala Lumpur as he was the second man heading the capital city’s council.
Hannah, who previously served as Subang Jaya state representative in Selangor, has continued DAP’s nomadic culture by moving away to contest Segambut in Kuala Lumpur this time.
DAP’s culture is that the party leader generally don’t stay for more than two terms in one constituency.
The previous two-term Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng has a poor report card for his service to the constituents.
On record, Lip Eng was embarking more on issues unrelated to the people of Segambut, hence a big let down.
Currently Hannah’s campaign has been typical of DAP candidates – condemn anything that is BN.
She has not told the voters on what she would do for them if she was elected.
On the other hand, Loga has came out with his constituency manifesto, which is people-centric and service-orientated.
Segambut voters should vote wisely, not emotionally, this time around to see a better Segambut.
Will Loga succeed in seizing Segambut from DAP’s clutch?