Why isn’t PAS challenging DAP in Penang, asks Saifuddin

PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution Ismail speaking at a ceramah in Kubang Semang, Bukit Mertajam.

BUKIT MERTAJAM: PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution Ismail has questioned PAS’ decision to contest only one DAP seat out of 18 state seats in Penang despite the Islamist party’s claim that DAP is “evil and cruel”.

He said after PAS’ bitter split from Pakatan Rakyat, the party had blamed DAP for “oppressing and framing” the Malays in Penang.

It would only be natural, then, for PAS to take on its political foes by contesting against them in their seats, he added.

For instance, he said, Pakatan Harapan (PH) would be taking on Prime Minister Najib Razak in Pekan, Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi in Bagan Datuk, Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein in Sembrong, and Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin in Rembau.

“At least we take our political rivals, Barisan Nasional (BN), head-on. What about PAS? They field 18 candidates in Penang but dare not face Lim Guan Eng in his Air Putih seat.

“You are only targeting PKR seats. You say DAP oppresses the Malays but end up going against PKR and Amanah. What is this?” he said at a ceramah in Kubang Semang here yesterday.

In Penang, PAS is contesting mostly Malay-majority seats held by either Umno or PKR.

The only seat held by DAP which it will contest is the state seat of Sungai Pinang on Penang island, where it will field Yacoob Omar.

PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution Ismail (right) with Amanah’s Kepala Batas parliamentary candidate Zaidi Zakaria.

Sungai Pinang is considered a hot seat and will be contested by several candidates including ex-DAP member Teh Yee Cheu, who is running on a Parti Sosialis Malaysia ticket.

Saifuddin also told the voters of Permatang Pauh to go ahead and accept assistance in money or kind from BN candidate Mohd Zaidi Mohd Said if offered any.

He said when giving out assistance, Zaidi and his team would ask voters to vote for BN.

“Take RM1,000, RM500, it’s up to you. If they ask you to vote for BN after that, take a piece of paper, mark an X and put it on the many ‘dacing’ posters stuck on the trees around you.

“That way, you fulfil their request,” he said.

He added that PKR’s Nurul Izzah Anwar was the best candidate for Permatang Pauh given her 20 years of experience and extensive education qualifications.

FMT has contacted Zaidi for comment and is awaiting his reply.

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