IPOH: Perak Barisan Nasional (BN) is unfazed by Parti Keadilan Rakyat's (PKR) decision to field a former Royal Malaysian Navy high-ranking officer as its candidate for the Lumut parliamentary constituency.
Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir said he was not worried about the announcement by PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to place First Admiral (Rtd) Imran Abdul Hamid as the opposition candidate in the constituency in the 13th General Election.
"It is his (Imran) democratic right to contest in the coming polls," he said after attending a business motivational talk, here, yesterday.
Zambry, who is Perak BN chairman, said he did not think the opposition candidate's years in the navy would attract votes from navy personnel at the Lumut naval base.
"He may be contesting on that belief but I do not think he can (get their votes)."
Zambry however, requested Imran to contest in a "good manner".
"He should not be making false allegations and slamming his opponents while fishing for votes."
Meanwhile, Zambry also praised the BN manifesto as being more realistic than the one proposed by Pakatan Rakyat.
He said Perak BN, too, would be releasing its own manifesto to complement the one announced by BN chairman Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
"The state manifesto will also specify the work that has been done over the past four years and our initiatives for the future," he said, adding that the focus would be on balanced development, eradicating poverty and improving the people's welfare.
"Everything will be a continuation of the work that we have already started since we helmed the state in 2009."
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