Voters Believe Charles Santiago Should Stay As DAP MP In Klang
Charles Santiago is generally regarded as a knowledgeable MP and communicates well with all segments of society.
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Voters have reacted to news that DAP’s three-term Klang MP Charles Santiago will not defend his seat in the 15th general election (GE15).
Citing party sources, FMT reported that Santiago might not be fielded in any seat.
PH component parties just like to self sabotage themselves at crucial moments, huh?— βεllεrορhοη Ω *🧐* (@BellerophonC) October 19, 2022
If you drop @mpklang
then be prepared to face the (bad) consequences from Klang voters.
DAP to drop Charles Santiago? https://t.co/Eidj2fqnbt
He would be replaced in Klang by Ganabatirau Veraman, Selangor executive council member and assemblyman for Kota Kemuning.
Initially, it was supposed to be the Seri Kembangan assemblyman, Ean Yong Hian Wah, but the response from the public was not good, so there was a change.
In 2018, Santiago defended his seat with a vast majority of 78,773 votes, beating opponents from Barisan Nasional and PAS.
Enormous Support For Santiago
The public feels that Santiago has diligently served the people in Klang for many years.
Many have taken to social media to voice their displeasure.
LRT: Deselecting Charles Santiago would be a disservice not just to his constituents but to all Malaysians because of his tireless work in fighting for working people and progressive measures— The Natcronomicon 🏳️⚧️ 🚰 (@Natcromancer) October 19, 2022
Dear @dapmalaysia— VJ (@FreeThinkerZone) October 19, 2022
Everyone in #Klang prefers Mr Charles Santiago to be fielded as candidate for #Parliament
If you are adamant on replacing him, then that means you have no concern for the people.
It seems likely that you don’t care the voice of people but party members.
Santiago has been outspoken on issues at the national level, including civil rights and constitutional matters.
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Santiago is also challenging the recent dissolution of parliament by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
The hearing for my lawsuit on the legitimacy of the dissolution of Parliament against the @IsmailSabri60, the Government of Malaysia, and @sprgovmy is scheduled for tomorrow.— Charles Santiago (@mpklang) October 19, 2022
Keep an eye out on our socials tomorrow for updates. pic.twitter.com/LPoVTVm27w
At the same time, voters recalled how he had helped them, including incidents from more than a decade ago.
I am not a supporter of @dapmalaysia & my vote as a Klang person is for @mpklang Charles Santiago. When I was in Form 6, I contacted him about a municipal construction project & he took the time to listen to my concerns. This was some 12 years ago.— AbracaxDeborah (@AbracaxDeborah) October 19, 2022
Santiago is not the only DAP leader who has been rumoured not to defend his seat.
DAP has been said to nominate its former youth leader, Howard Lee, to move from the Pasir Pinji state seat in Perak to contest in the Umno stronghold of Gerik, a parliamentary seat.
Many DAP supporters feel it would be a Herculean task as Gerik, at the border with Thailand, is a rural area with almost 70% Malay voters.
Lee, who speaks flawless Malay, is expected to take on Umno Youth chief Datuk Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki.
At the same time, it has been rumoured that former Deputy Women, Community and Family Development Minister Hannah Yeoh would make way for a candidate from Muda in Segambut.
Amenda nk bg segambut kat muda. Hannah yeoh is good at her job, hannah is good for segambut.— Datin (@inazallya) October 19, 2022
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