FONG KUI LUN - “I have the track records as the MP for Bukit Bintang for eight years.”
Campaign slogan: Just Change It!
Two-term MP Fong Kui Lun will defend his seat and his loudest call is: “Come back to Bukit Bintang and vote.”
The area, touted as the jewel of the country with the most prominent landmarks within its vicinity, had only some 40% of its registered voters casting ballots in the 2004 general election.
This glamorous location is full of hustle and bustle round the clock, be it at the posh outlets or the seedy back lanes.
“Many constituencies in the Federal Territory are DAP strongholds, we can usually win with over 70% of voters supporting us, but we had only about 60% in Bukit Bintang. Registered voters not voting and the postal votes are the factors,” he said.
Till today, Fong is still questioning the validity of these postal voters, asking “where is the police quarters and army camps in Bukit Bintang?”.
Nevertheless, Fong is confident that the voters' hearts are steered in his direction in view of what he has done for the people.
He said he had practised what he pledged - to be the people's voice - for he had frequently brought up pertinent issues in Parliament, among them flooding and congestion.
“I fought hard for a remedy to the flooding problems in the city centre and so the Smart Tunnel project came about.
“I often highlight the traffic issues here, and three road projects namely Jalan Sultan Ismail-Kampung Pandan expressway, Dewan Bahasa Pustaka- Jalan Imbi link and Jalan Pudu tunnel were approved,” he said.
He said what he did in the past five years were reported in detail to his “boss” - the voters - through the monthly Bintang News newsletter.
“Just change it!” enthused Fong, and this will be the party's slogan in the election campaign.
The seasoned politician, born and bred in a poor family in Sungai Besi and battled in the Serdang, Klang and Bukit Bintang seats since 1982, said he was open to challenge.