Chow Kon Yeow: Sungai Bakap victory will prove unity spirit taken to the ground

Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the victory in the Sungai Bakap by-election will prove that the spirit of unity has begun to gain solid support from the people in the constituency.

“If the unity government wins in Sungai Bakap, it signifies that the spirit of unity has begun to gain solid support from the people, especially in Sungai Bakap.

“It is not easy to form a new government led by new components that are not used to cooperating, but after a year and a half, we have proven that the unity government is now increasingly stable.

“This means that victory in Sungai Bakap is the direction of the country and not the division as played by the opposition, because the unity of the people is the formula we want to move forward,” he said in his speech.

He spoke at the candidate announcement ceremony for the Sungai Bakap by-election last night.

Last night, the PH government unveiled their candidate for the Sungai Bakap by-election.

Former teacher, Dr. Joohari Ariffin has been selected as the PKR candidate to represent the PH coalition in the upcoming Sungai Bakap by-election.

Chow, who is also the chairman of PH Penang, stated that he believes the leadership of the unity government at both the state and federal levels has given due consideration to selecting candidates who can truly embody the spirit of unity.

At the same time, Chow said that the success in bringing development in the economic, social, and industrial sectors in the state of Penang has proven that Pakatan Harapan has governed well.

“We have ensured that the people live in a peaceful and harmonious environment, have job opportunities, good income, and enjoy various infrastructure facilities provided by the state government,” he commented.

Chow said that under the administration of the unity government led by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Utama Anwar Ibrahim, Penang has begun to receive various benefits through the approval of infrastructure projects needed by the people of this state for a long time.

“For example, the Deputy Minister of Public Works reinforced the assurance that the federal government is considering the State Government’s application to build an elevated highway from Juru to Sungai Dua.

“Additionally, I believe another important project, the Perak-Penang Water Project, is also under negotiation, marking the beginning of cooperation between the northern states through assistance from the Federal Government,” he explained.

The Election Commission (SPR) has set the Sungai Bakap by-election for July 6, with nominations on June 22 and early voting on July 2.

Sixty-year-old Joohari is a native of Sungai Bakap, having completed his primary education at Sekolah Kebangsaan Sungai Bakap and his secondary education at Penang Free School. 

He has also worked closely with Fadhlina Sidek, the Education Minister and MP for Nibong Tebal.

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