KUALA LUMPUR: PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail is contesting the Pandan parliamentary seat as a tribute of sorts to the hard work of its incumbent Rafizi Ramli, and to defend his seat.
“When I think of Pandan, I am sad because Rafizi is not contesting here. He is a talented young man. I want to defend Rafizi,” she told reporters.
She said by contesting the seat herself, as PKR president, she hoped to honour Rafizi’s sacrifices and work.
Rafizi decided not to contest following his conviction and 30-month jail sentence by the Shah Alam Sessions Court on Feb 7 after being found guilty of having leaked confidential banking details belonging to the National Feedlot Corporation in March 2012. The court has allowed a stay pending appeal.
Rafizi who has exposed various malpractices and abuse of administration, won the seat in 2013 with a majority of 26,729 votes against MCA’s Lim Chin Yee and independent candidate Tan Yew Leng.
Wan Azizah said she was confident that the Pandan parliamentary constituency was today a Pakatan Harapan (PH) stronghold.
“It was a stronghold of MCA before, but sentiment has shifted to the opposition since Rafizi won the seat.
“Pandan voters are urban and intelligent and they want change. They are aware not only of issues such as the cost of living that is affecting them, but also the negative reputation Prime Minister Najib Razak’s government has attracted to Malaysia.”
Wan Azizah, who is facing a five-cornered contest against PAS, Barisan Nasional (BN), PRM and an independent candidate said, however, that she was not taking things for granted as Malay voters were being told the community would be isolated and would lose out if PH were to win.
She refuted the allegation by BN politicians that the rights of the Malays would be neglected under a PH government
“Malays will be finished if there is no Umno? No. It won’t happen. Don’t forget the saying, ‘Takkan hilang Melayu di dunia,(The Malays will always be around)” she said.
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