PARIT: Pakatan Harapan (PH) yesterday assured Malays that they would be represented by Malay leaders if they vote out Umno in the coming general election.
Speaking at a ceramah here, Amanah president Mohamad Sabu said PH’s top leadership consisted of Malays.
“Umno makes you scared by saying if they lose, the Malays will not have representation.
“(But) if Umno loses, this means the Malay candidates from PH will claim the victory and represent the Malays. Do not believe the tricks they employ to scare you,” he said.
Mohamad said this was why PH had announced Dr Mahathir Mohamad as the coalition’s prime ministerial candidate and Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as its choice for deputy prime minister while awaiting Anwar Ibrahim’s release from jail.
Meanwhile, Mahathir who is chairman of PH and its component party PPBM, said the efforts to stop PPBM from contesting the election had only made the pact stronger.
“Even though PPBM was outlawed, our resolve together is strong, which is why we could come to a consensus on using the PKR logo.
“In any seat, we will only place one candidate from any of the four parties under PH. It does not matter as we are only using one symbol. We hope the people are not confused over who to vote for, and will vote for PH.”
The former prime minister also condemned money politics and corruption which he said was “not halal”.
“We Malays cannot eat pork. Can you slaughter pigs and then pray, and it becomes halal to eat?
“The same goes for corruption. It’s not halal even if you pray when you take the money.”
Mahathir also praised the crowd at the event in the Malay-majority constituency.
“This is not a big town, it’s a village. But still, look at the amount of people here today. It looks like it’s a big city.”
Urging the people to come out in force to vote on May 9, he said it was important to defeat Barisan Nasional (BN) as it had strayed from its original objectives.
The coming election will see a three-way battle in Parit between Amanah’s Tarmizi Mohd Jam, PAS candidate Najihatussalehah Ahmad and BN’s Nizar Zakaria who held the seat in 2008.
Nizar had defeated Najihatussalehah by a 2,873-vote majority in the 2008 general election.
In 2013, BN fielded Mohd Zaim Abu Hassan who beat PAS’ Muhammad Ismi Mat Taib by 4,497 votes.
Parit is a Malay-majority seat with voters comprising 93% Malays, 3% Chinese and 3% Indians.
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