KUALA LUMPUR: DAP’s Kluang MP Liew Chin Tong today accused Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein of lying when he denied that an army camp was being built in his Sembrong constituency in Johor.
Liew said the camp was under construction in Paloh, a state seat within the Sembrong constituency.
“He is clearly lying because there is an army camp being built in his constituency,” he said in response to Hishammuddin’s denial that army camps were being built for political purposes.
Hishammuddin, who is also an Umno vice-president, was quoted yesterday as saying that if the allegation was true, he would have ordered an army camp to be built in Sembrong.
“As the defence minister, I would do a camp in my area first,” he told reporters at the opening of the refurbished Kompleks Mutiara Armada navy camp.
Liew, who is also Johor DAP chief, said other army camps being built were all located in key constituencies, including Segamat, Johor, which is held by Health Minister S Subramaniam; and Hutan Melintang in Perak, which is within the Bagan Datoh constituency of Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
“This proves that Barisan Nasional (BN) is using these army camps to increase voters in constituencies that it won with thin majorities in the 13th general election,” Liew told a press conference at the DAP headquarters here.
He said the inclusion of the army personnel in Paloh would increase the electorate by over 1,000 voters.
“In Paloh, DAP lost only by a few hundred votes and these new voters will result in another BN win,” he liewadded.
In the 2013 general election, DAP’s Shanker Rengganathan lost to BN-MCA’s Teoh Yap Kun by a 103-vote majority.