P.140 Segamat (13th General Election on May 5, 2013)
46,262 (20,093/43.43% Malays; 21,393/46.24% Chinese; 4,641/10.03% Indians)
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Chua wastes no time in his second day-night-long campaign trail
At the Pasar Awam Bandar Segamat …one for the album.
SEGAMAT (April 11, 2013): Thrown into a new constituency to take on a caretaker Barisan Nasional (BN) minister S.Subramaniam in the May 5 13th General Election, PKR’s Segamat candidate Chua Jui Meng spent another day and night in walkabouts shaking hands with as many locals as possible.
It also included Chua taking time out from his day and night-long campaign trail to pay his respects at the wake of two locals in Buloh Kasap and Jementah.
Chua and his joint PKR-DAP election campaigners kicked off his second day here with a walkabout at 8.30am in Pasar Awam Bandar Segamat.
He received encouraging and warm responses from Malay stallholders who shook his hands and nodded their head when asked to support PK for change.
Tagging along with Chua and his team was PKR Youth secretary Julailey Jemadi and his supporters. Julailey is parliamentary candidate for P.140 Segamat’s neighbouring P.141 Sekijang.
A warm handshake with a fishmonger and Chua introduces Sekijang’syoung PKR candidate Julailey (left).
Chua and Julailey are planning to set up a Segamat-Sekijang main election operation centre in a strategic location to make it the biggest in the peninsula.
It comprises two shop lots occupying all three floors!
After a brief media conference, Chua and his campaigners headed for the Greenland Tea House where he arrived at 10am and spent 30 minutes to extend handshakes to those having their breakfast.
Warm and strong body language of support for Chua at Greenland Tea House.
They then left for Buloh Kasap where spent a good three hours chatting up with local Chinese community and DAP leaders in coffee shops, walking in and out of shops to meet the operators and visited the Buloh Kasap DAP office.
Chua immediately went to a nearby village to pay his respects at the wake of a local villager when told about the loss.
He then had lunch with the DAP and Chinese community leaders in a restaurant.
Chua chatting up with Buloh Kasap Chinese community in a coffee shop.
At 2.30pm, they left Buloh Kasap to KSM where Chua spent another hour walking in and out of a row of shop houses to introduce himself to the people.
However, he had little difficulty as the majority of the people recognized him as a former Health Minister.
It was another satisfying day of walkabouts as the people did not fail to respond to shake Chua’s hands with some even asking to be photographed.
Chua said: “The body language displayed by the people of Segamat is simply electrifying. They really want change, with some even saying that finally the Opposition has sent someone to seriously threaten to knock out Barisan Nasional (BN).
“I am now still networking to focus on campaigning to win the hearts and minds of the Indian and Malay communities. I will most certainly give extended attention to this.”
Chua and his core team of campaigners, comprising local PKR and DAP experienced local election campaigners then returned to their hotel rooms at 4.30pm to have their bath and hit the road again at 5pm.
They drove to the Ledang PKR office in Sungai Mati, an hour’s drive, to attend a special briefing on Johor PKR, Ledang and Segamat PKR’s electoral chances in the 13th General Election on May 5.
The 6pm briefing ended at 7.30pm with Chua and his team returning to Jementah to have dinner. Chua also walked to a nearby shop house to pay his respects at the wake of a local villager.
Chua (centre) obliging a group of diners’ request for a photograph in Jementah.
After dinner at 10.30pm, Chua and his team returned to Segamat where they met up with local PAS leaders to discuss joint-campaigning strategies.
They ended the nigh just before the clock struck twelve.
Chua and his team have scheduled a third day and night-long walkabout starting with a walkabout at the Kampung Abdullah pasar tani at 8am tomorrow.
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