PORT DICKSON: Former Port Dickson MP Datuk Danyal Balagopal Abdullah has once again defended himself against accusations that he is a ‘traitor.’
He said his motivation in vacating his seat to allow Pakatan Harapan candidate Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to contest here was to help Port Dickson advance further, as the incoming PKR president will be appointed the eighth prime minister.
“I served in the Malaysian Armed Forces for about 40 years and ‘willing to sacrifice’ was our motto. If I were a traitor, I would give way and disappear.
“Instead, I am still here to take care of this service centre (in Port Dickson),” he said in an interview with TV3 and Bernama last night.
The former Olympic Council of Malaysia (MOM) vice-president and chef de mission at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea said he made the sacrifice so that the people of Port Dickson would enjoy greater benefits – so there is no reason for them to be upset with him.
Danyal said he is confident that with his partnership with Anwar, Port Dickson will see a brighter future.
The Port Dickson parliamentary seat was vacated by Danyal on Sept 12 to allow Anwar to contest and return to the Dewan Rakyat.
The Port Dickson parliamentary constituency has 75,770 registered voters, of whom 43 per cent are Malays, Chinese (33 per cent), Indian (22 per cent) and other races (2 per cent).
Polling is set for tomorrow.