KUALA LUMPUR - Bekas Ketua Pemuda KEADILan yang menyertai Umno, Ezam Mohd Nor mengakui perlawanan sengit akan berlaku apada pilihan raya kecil P036 Kuala Terengganu, 17 Januari ini dan berpihak kepada keuatan calon parti masing-masing.
Beliau juga mengakui menerima jemputan calon Barisan Nasional yang bakal bertanding Dato' Wan Ahmad Farid Wan Salleh untuk membantu kempen di sana dan matlamat beliau adalah untuk mendedahkan kelemahan Dat' Seri Anwar Ibrahim dan cita-cita 16 Septembernya.
Beliau berkata demikian dalam satu temubual eksklusif dengan Malaysian Insider baru-baru ini. Berikut adalah sedutan wawancara beliau:
Question (Q): After a few appearances at the Permatang Pauh by-election you dropped out of the political radar. What have you being doing?
Ezam (A): I have been busy in Jakarta as chairman of the Yayasan Generasi Baru Nusantara (New Generation of Nusantara). I have an office in Jakarta and we are working with the ASEAN secretariat there and other regional NGOs to form linkages among young and emerging leaders in the region.
Q: Does this mean you are mostly in Jakarta?
A: Yes, most of the time. But I try to get back home here in Subang on the weekends. We are a small team in Jakarta but we are committed and have the support of national leaders.
Q: Will you be campaigning in the Jan 17 Kuala Terengganu by-election?
A: Yes, Wan Farid (BN candidate Datuk Wan Ahmad Farid Wan Salleh) has asked me to help in the campaign. My main message is to tell voters that Anwar is not a statesman. His ''un-statesmanship'claims have alienated the people, especially after the Sept 16 fiasco. I will tell voters it is a political ploy by Anwar for his personal pursuit at the expanse of the people and country. He has to explain his failure. This is my main plan. I will highlight this during the campaign.
Q: How do you read the outcome?
A: It is a close fight and I think the outcome depends a lot on the strength of candidates. Others factors are more or less the same therefore the choice of candidate is crucial. BN has a good candidate given the circumstances but a lot also depends who Pas chooses. But with BN and Pas divided, Chinese votes are crucial.-azm _