PETALING JAYA: Johor Pakatan Harapan (PH) chairman Muhyiddin Yassin wants Menteri Besar Mohamed Khaled Nordin to state his stand on reports that some Barisan Nasional (BN) leaders have asked Malaysians working overseas to give the May 9 election a miss if it is too difficult for them to come home.
Muhyiddin was referring to reports that Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had said Malaysians working in Singapore need not come back to vote if they could not get leave to do so.
Deputy Home Minister Nur Jazlan Mohamed meanwhile had criticised Cathay Pacific’s offer to waive rebooking or rerouting charges for Malaysians whose travel plans coincided with the polls.
He later denied that he had been trying to prevent Malaysians working in Singapore from returning to vote.
Nonetheless, Muhyiddin urged Khaled to comment on the matter.
“Does Khaled agree that those working in Singapore need not return, or does he want them to come back and vote?
“Who knows, maybe they (those working in Singapore) are attracted to the Johor BN manifesto, and maybe they support it. So if they don’t come back, it would be a loss to him,” he said in a Facebook Live session today.
Calling the remarks by Zahid and Nur Jazlan “extraordinary”, Muhyiddin said it looked as though the two were trying to discourage people from going back to vote.
“They said if it was so hard, then they did not have to come back to vote. These should not be the words from government leaders who should know that the voters should be encouraged to exercise their right to vote. Who they vote for is up to them.
“When these BN leaders make these kinds of statements, they are disrespecting that right.”
Muhyiddin said discouraging people from coming back to vote could make it seem as though BN was worried about what would happen if they did.
“This is because they feel that the fewer voters come out to vote, the better their chances are of winning. We think the direct opposite.”
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