PORT DICKSON: Tan Sri Isa Samad is unfazed by Tan Sri Dr Rais Yatim’s criticism that the former should make way for better candidates who are able to bring change in Port Dickson.
The independent candidate for the Port Dickson by-election said he
he did not take the comment personally and will continue campaigning in the last stretch before polling day on Oct 13.
On Wednesday (Oct 10), Rais, who is the state Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) chairman, also said that Isa’s time is over and he should have done the things needed by the people during his 22-year stint as Negri Sembilan mentri besar from 1982 to 2004.
Isa said the remarks were just Rais’ personal view, and he would not retaliate.
“We all know that Rais likes to change from here to there. He can switch sides anytime. If he is given the chance to contest in Jelebu, he will,” said Isa when met during a meeting with a Tai Chi association on Thursday (Oct 11).
Rais, a former Umno Jelebu assemblyman who had also served in the Barisan Nasional cabinet, is campaigning for Pakatan Harapan candidate Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
The Port Dickson by-election will see a seven-cornered fight between Anwar, PAS and five independent candidates, including Isa, who was the former Umno strongman of the area.
According to Isa, the constituents will be able to look at his personal track record, as he had brought development to Port Dickson.
“I have done a lot during my time. He (Rais) is the one who couldn’t do much during his tenure as the mentri besar for just one term.
“There is basic development here but perhaps there needs to be more continuity.
“Development cannot be static and should continue to grow.
“I don’t think there is an issue of less development, it just needs a little repair here and there,” said Isa.
Rais was Negri Sembilan mentri besar between 1978 and 1982.
Port Dickson by-election: Isa’s time is over, he should make way, says Rais