SHAH ALAM: Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) candidate for Shah Alam, Khalid Abdul Samad, believes the pact still has a good chance of winning the constituency despite concerns over alleged gerrymandering.
The incumbent said there had been a lot of focus on votes being taken away from PH, but people seemed to overlook the fact that PPBM had also managed to shift some support away from Umno.
“Previously, the Malay vote for Umno in Shah Alam was about 60%, but now it’s around 40% because of the impact from PPBM,” he told FMT at his office here.
Khalid said although PAS would also be able to win some of the Malay votes in Shah Alam, this would not have much of an impact.
“PH lost 20% of the votes because of PAS exiting the pact but half of those who left have returned because of Amanah, and you also have the fence-sitters.
“This means PAS has about 20%, BN has 40% and Pakatan has 40% of the votes. And although there is a drop in non-Malay votes because of the alleged gerrymandering, it’s still about 23%.”
Khalid added that the campaign period was not over and if the swing votes continued to be in PH’s favour, he would clinch the Shah Alam seat.
“I think the swing votes are changing every day and they’re changing in our favour.
“On Saturday, when the late Nik Aziz Nik Mat’s son, Nik Omar, was announced as a candidate for PKR in Kelantan, even more people turn to PH. The response from PAS towards Nik Omar’s stance has further increased the support in our favour.”
Nik Omar will be contesting for PH in the Chempaka state seat.
PAS has expelled Nik Omar, who is the son of the party’s spiritual leader Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat, and criticised him for being an ungrateful son.
Khalid said the Malays in Shah Alam were highly educated and well informed about current events.
“I think they’re all fully aware of the need for change. They’re well informed and it’s not easy to pull wool over their eyes.”
Recently, PH’s Klang candidate Charles Santiago said some 8,000 Shah Alam voters had been moved to Klang, which would affect Khalid’s ability to win the seat as he had won by 10,000 votes in the last election.
Khalid said most of the voters came from the Kota Anggerik state seat.
“They’re mainly from Kota Anggerik and Taman Berkeley. The whole of Taman Berkeley has been taken out.
“There are also some from Seksyen 25 Bukit Saga, Bandar Baru Klang and from Bukit Kuda which is from the Batu Tiga state seat.”
Khalid said despite this, he remained positive and believed he could win Shah Alam.
“I am obviously upset but at the same time, I don’t think it has put an end to my hopes of winning.”
The biggest concern, Khalid said, was the turnout.
“Based on what people want, we’re quite confident that we’ll get the vote for our candidates. The question is the turnout. If they all come, then I think we’ve got it in the bag.”
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