Wong Tack goes from darling to dark villain

Wong Tack goes from darling to dark villain

KUANTAN: In the last general election, green activist Wong Tack was DAP’s darling, having unseated Barisan Nasional’s Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai in the Bentong seat.

He had fought his campaign using the Lynas rare earth plant as his platform, demanding the facility be closed down or ordered to ship its radioactive waste back to Australia.

Four years on, the Lynas plant is still there in Kuantan and Wong Tack is now a bitter rival to DAP.

He says the party leaders have warned him that they would be brutal against him for trying to hang on to his seat as an Independent candidate.

The Bentong candidate claimed that when he announced his candidacy, a cyber campaign was immediately launched to portray him as a “spoiler who must be punished”.

“Since the day I won the election in 2018, my team and I have worked hard to serve the people of my hometown, Bentong.

“The struggle to get the mandate took 60 years and we knew we could not let the people down. But suddenly, I am being labelled a traitor.

“Many DAP leaders ‘advised’ me to withdraw. They warned that the party machinery will be brutal and I will not be able to withstand it,” he said in a Facebook post.

Wong said he had been threatened that his reputation would be “completely destroyed”.

Wong first contested for the Bentong seat in GE13 and lost. But in GE14, he defeated the then MCA president by a margin of 2,032 votes.

On his campaign this time, Wong said he felt proud after meeting the people over the past few days.

“They are grateful for the work we have done so far. Their courage and support has touched my heart.

“I will continue to walk this path to uphold (my) dignity and principles,” he said.

Wong is in the midst of a five-way battle which also involves Liow, Pakatan Harapan’s Young Syefura Othman, Perikatan Nasional’s Datuk Roslan Hassan and another Independent, Mohd Khalil Abdul Hamid.

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